The Pride Flag Glossary

Find LGBTQ+, GNC, MOGAI, Subculture & more pride flags all in one place!

I created this as a resource for our community as well as for folks who may want to learn more about the meanings and histories behind each flag! I took some time to put together the really important bits and pieces of information from different sources into this one page glossary. I'm hoping for this to be helpful, easy to digest and more accessible than searching multiple places. I promise this page will have the most accurate information and I will work to keep it updated!!

For any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions feel free to message me here!

Agender Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Agender Pride

A term which can be literally translated as 'without gender'. It can be seen either as a non-binary gender identity or as a statement of not having a gender identity.

Folks who identify as agender may describe themselves as genderless, gender neutral, or having an unknown undefinable gender. They may also identify more as a person than any gender at all!

The black and white stripes represent a complete absence of gender. The grey stripes are to inclusive folks who have a partial absense of gender. The green stripe is the inverse of purple. Purple is often used to represent a combination of genders — so inverting it represents a negation of that concept.

Flag introduced in: 2014

Artist: Salem X or "Ska", Tumblr user "transrants"

Androgyne Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Androgyne Pride

A non-binary gender identity associated with androgyny. Androgynes have a gender which is simultaneously feminine and masculine, although not necessarily in equal amounts. Western society currently recognizes no set gender roles for androgynes. The word Andro means male/masculinity and the word gyne means female/femininity.

Androgynes have a gender identity that can be a blend of both or neither of the binary genders. They may describe this as being between female and male, between man and woman, between masculine and feminine or simply 'in between.' They can also identify as neither feminine or masculine, or neither female and male.

Some folks who call themselves androgynes identify with androgyny as a gender presentation, or have or wish to obtain an androgynous, 'in between', or neutral body, others see this as only a matter of gender identity and may express their androgynous gender through their personality or activities.

Flag introduced in: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Aromantic Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Aromantic Pride

Aromantic (or Aro) is a romantic orientation on the aromantic spectrum. Some reasons for identifying as aromantic can include disinterest in romantic relationships, an absence of romantic attraction, or aversion to romance. In some cases, a person who identifies as Aro can experience romantic attraction in a significantly different way than is traditionally thought of.

Aromantics may vary in their relationship preferences, but their preferences are those of a non-romantic attraction, such as a platonic attraction, or a desire of wanting to be in a platonic relationship. Some aromantics want to be in a platonic relationship and have a platonic partner, while others are completely nonamorous and non-partnering. There are many ways to be aromantic.

Flag introduced in: 2014 — Source

Artist: Cameron (Tumblr @cameronwhimsy)

Ace Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Asexual Pride

Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity. It may be considered a sexual orientation or the lack thereof.

Asexuality is distinct from abstention from sexual activity and from celibacy, which are behavioral and generally motivated by factors such as an individual's personal or religious beliefs. Sexual orientation, unlike sexual behavior, is believed to be "enduring". Some asexual people engage in sexual activity despite lacking sexual attraction or a desire for sex, due to a variety of reasons, such as a desire to pleasure themselves or romantic partners, or a desire to have children.

The asexual pride flag consists of four horizontal stripes: black, gray, white, and purple from top to bottom. The black stripe represents asexuality; the gray stripe represents gray-aces and demisexuals; the white stripe represents allies; and the purple stripe represents community.

Flag introduced in: 2010 — Source

Artist: AVEN user "standup"

Bear Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Bear Pride

The gay bear culture celebrates secondary sex characteristics such as growth of body hair and facial hair, which is typically considered a "bear" trait.

The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed to represent the bear subculture within the LGBT community. The colours of the flag are meant to include the colours of the furs of animal bears throughout the world, not necessarily referring to human skin and hair colour tones: Dark brown, orange/rust, golden yellow, tan, white, gray, and black. The flag was designed with inclusion in mind.

Flag introduced in: 1995

Artist: Craig Byrnes

Bigender Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Bigender Pride

A gender identity which can be literally translated as 'two genders' or 'double gender'. Bigender people experience exactly two gender identities, either simultaneously or varying between the two. These two gender identities could be male and female, but could also include non-binary identities.

Bigender people may also identify as multigender, non-binary and/or transgender. If a bigender person feels that their identity changes over time or depending on circumstance, they may also identify as genderfluid, which describes any person whose gender identity varies over time.

Flag introduced in: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Bisexual Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Bisexual Pride

Bisexuality is the physical or romantic attraction to two genders. It may also be defined as romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity, which is also known as pansexuality.

The flag was designed to give the bisexual community its own symbol comparable to the gay pride flag of the larger LGBT community. It's purpose was to increase visibility, both among society as a whole and within the LGBT community. The first bisexual pride flag was unveiled at the BiCafe's first anniversary party on December 5, 1998 after Page was inspired by his work with BiNet USA.

The word “bisexual” comes from the Greek prefix “bi” meaning “two”. The pink represents attraction to those of the same gender identity. Purple represents attraction to two genders. Blue represents attraction to those who identify as a different gender.

Flag introduced in: 1998

Artist: Michael Page

Demiboy Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Demiboy Pride

A demiboy, also called demiguy, is someone whose gender identity is only partly male, regardless of their assigned gender at birth. They may or may not identify as another gender in addition to feeling partially a boy or man. They may also define their identity as both male and genderless (agender).

Alternatively, demiguy can be used to describe someone assigned male at birth who feels but the barest association with that identification, though not a significant enough dissociation to create real physical discomfort or dysphoria, or someone assigned female at birth who is trans masculine but not wholly binary-identified, so that they feel more strongly associated with 'male' than 'female,' socially or physically, but not strongly enough to justify an absolute self-identification as 'man'.

Flag introduced in: Unknown, possibly 2014

Creator: Salem X or "Ska", Tumblr user "transrants"

Demigirl Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Demigirl Pride

A demigirl is someone who only partially (not wholly) identifies as a girl or woman, whatever their assigned gender at birth. They may or may not identify as another gender in addition to feeling partially a girl or woman. May also use the terms demigal, demifemale or demiwoman.

Alternatively, demigirl can be used to describe someone assigned female at birth who feels but the barest association with that identification, though not a significant enough dissociation to create real physical discomfort or dysphoria, or someone assigned male at birth who is trans feminine but not wholly binary-identified, so that they feel more strongly associated with “female” than “male,” socially or physically, but not strongly enough to justify an absolute self-identification as "woman".

Flag introduced in: Unknown, possibly 2014

Artist: Salem X or "Ska", Tumblr user "transrants"

Demiromantic Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Demiromantic Pride

is a romantic orientation on the aromantic spectrum defined as someone who does not experience romantic attraction until they have formed a deep emotional connection with someone.

Demiromantic can be a romantic orientation on its own or can combined with other orientations. For example, one could be demiromantic and homoromantic, meaning that when one does experience romantic attraction it's only towards people of the same gender, and they will only experience romantic attraction towards those they have formed an emotional bond toward.

Flag introduced in: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Demisexual Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Demisexual Pride

A demisexual person is someone who does not experience sexual attraction to another person unless or until they have formed an emotional connection with that person. (edit: and also possibly just an Intellectual connection) It's more commonly seen in, but by no means confined, to romantic relationships. The term demisexual comes from the orientation being "halfway between" sexual and asexual. Nevertheless, this term does not mean that demisexuals have an incomplete or half-sexuality, nor does it mean that sexual attraction without emotional connection is required for a complete sexuality.

When describing demisexuality as an orientation, it is often mistaken as an admirable choice rather than an innate orientation. Demisexuals are not choosing to abstain; they simply lack sexual attraction until a close, emotional, relationship is formed (edit: and an emotionally bonded situation is often first an Intellectual bond).

The black triangle represents asexuality, gray represents gray asexuality and demisexuality, white represents sexuality, and purple represents community.

Flag introduced in: Unknown, the term was coined in 2008 by the Asexual Visibility and Education Network

Artist: Unknown

Gender-fluid Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Gender-fluid Pride

Gender fluid is a gender identity which refers to a gender which varies over time. A gender fluid person may at any time identify as male, female, neutrois, or any other non-binary identity, or some combination of identities. Their gender can also vary at random or vary in response to different circumstances. Gender fluid people may also identify as multigender, non-binary and/or transgender. Genderfluid people may feel more comfortable using gender neutral pronouns and have a androgynous gender expression.

Gender fluid people who feel that the strength of their gender(s) change(s) over time, or that they are sometimes agender, demigender, and a full gender may identify as genderflux.

Pink represents femininity, white represents lack of gender, purple represents mixed gender or androgyny, black represents all other genders, and blue represents masculinity.

Flag introduced in: 2012

Artist: JJ Poole

Genderqueer Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Genderqueer Pride

Genderqueer is an umbrella term with a similar meaning to non-binary. It can be used to describe any gender identities other than man and woman, thus outside of the gender binary. Genderqueer identities can include one or more of the following: both man and woman, neither man nor woman (genderless, agender, Neutrois), moving between genders (gender fluid), third gender or other-gender, those who do not or cannot place a name to their gender and/or having an overlap of, or blurred lines between, gender identity and sexual orientation.

The lavender stripe is a mix of blue and pink—colors traditionally associated with men and women—and represents androgyny as well as queer identities. The white stripe, like in the transgender pride flag, represent agender or gender neutral identities. The chartreuse stripe is the inverse of lavender and represents third gender identities and identities outside the gender binary.

Flag introduced in: 2011

Artist: Marilyn Roxie

Greysexual Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Grey-asexual Pride

A sexual orientation on the asexual spectrum, referring to a gray area around or adjacent to asexuality.

Some grey-asexual experiences may include experiencing sexual attraction only infrequently, experience sexual attraction very weakly, and feeling uncertain about whether they experience sexual attraction.

Grey-asexual can also be used as an umbrella term for those on the asexual spectrum who don't self-describe specifically as just asexual, including demisexuals and others.

Purple stripes represent asexuality, Gray stripes are the transitional stage between asexuality and allosexuality. The white stripe represents allosexuality.

Flag introduced in: 2013

Artist: Deviant Art User "greengramma"

Intersex Pride Design by Bianca Designs Intersex Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Intersex Pride

A person born with physical sex characteristics that don’t fit the traditional definitions for male or female bodies.

The Intersex flag that consists of five horizontal stripes coloured (from top to bottom) lavender, white, a double-width stripe with a gradient from blue to pink, white and lavender — was created in 2009 by Natalie Phox. The gradient represents the range of sexes between male and female, and the lavender represents a combination of male and female traits.

An alternate intersex flag was designed to be unique, non-derivative, and to avoid colours associated with traditional gender roles such as blue and pink.

"The flag is comprised of a golden yellow field, with a purple circle emblem. The colours and circle don’t symbolise anything to do with gender. Instead the circle is unbroken and unornamented, symbolising wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolises the right to be who and how we want to be." - Morgan Carpenter

Flag introduced in: 2013

Artist: Morgan Carpenter of Intersex Human Rights Australia

Labrys Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Labrys Pride

The Labrys Pride Flag is a symbol for the lesbian feminist community. The elements in this flag are the labrys, a double-sided axe used in ancient Minoan civilization as a religious symbol often associated with female divinity and priestesses; and in European, African, and Asian matriarchal societies as both a weapon and a harvesting tool. In Roman Crete, the labrys was often associated with the mythological Amazons.

The labrys was adopted in the 1970s by lesbian feminists as a symbol representing strength and empowerment. The color violet became associated with lesbians through the representation of the violet flower as a symbol of lesbian love, which originates from a poem by Sappho about a lost love wearing a garland of "violet tiaras, braided rosebuds, dill and crocus". The labrys is superimposed within an inverted black triangle rooted in Nazi Germany. Similar to the pink triangle design, the black triangle was used in concentration camps to designate prisoners with anti-social behavior, which included lesbians.

The flag was first used in 2000 as a graphic element for the Pride issue of the Gay and Lesbian Times (Palms Springs edition) newspaper.

Flag introduced in: 1999

Artist: Sean Campbell

Leather Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Leather Pride

The leather pride flag is a symbol used by the leather subculture since the 1990s. It was quickly embraced by the gay leather community. It has since become associated with leather in general and can represent people who are into leather, Levi’s, sado-masochism, bondage and domination, uniform, cowboys, rubber, and other fetishes.

The flag was first displayed at the Mr. Leather contest in Chicago. Although the flag is often common in the gay community, it is not a gay-only symbol. The flag is composed of nine horizontal stripes of equal width. From the top and from the bottom, the stripes alternate black and royal blue. The central stripe is white. In the upper left quadrant of the flag is a large red heart. The creator «leaves it up to the individual» to interpret the colors, symbolism, and meaning. He gives none of his own.

Flag introduced in: 1989

Artist: Tony DeBlase

Lesbian Pride Design by Bianca Designs Community Lesbian Pride Design by Bianca Designs Inclusive Lesbian Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Lesbian Pride

A female-identified person who is attracted to other female-identified people, and also may present more traditionally “feminine” in appearance.

The "pink" lesbian flag consists of six shades of red, purple, and pink representing traditionally feminine colors and a white bar in the center. The original design created in 2010, known as the lipstick lesbian flag, included a red kiss — but was later removed.

Flag modified in: Unknown

Modified by: Unknown

The lesbian community pride flag with the dark orange bar indicating 'gender nonconforming' was proposed as a lesbian pride flag for everyone. The original update had seven stripes representing 'gender non-conformity' (dark orange), 'independence' (orange), 'community' (light orange), 'unique relationships to womanhood' (white) , 'serenity and peace' (pink), 'love and sex' (dusty pink), and 'femininity' (dark rose). The flag with five stripes, a more simplified version, was an update made by tumblr user @taqwomen.

Flag introduced in: June 2018

Artist: Emily Gwen, Tumblr Blogger

The teal and purple flag was a newly proposed design that is inclusive and for folks who don't identify with the Pink Lesbian pride flag. The creators of this new design gave each color of the flag it's own meaning which are: From top to bottom, Loyalty/trust, Freedom to love women, Trans/nb lesbians, serenity, and pride/love for oneself. It made it's debut on Tumblr and seemed to have some positive feedback! Unfortunately the original source to the thread is no longer available but after some digging I found this re-post of the flag submission.

Flag introduced in: April 2018

Artist: Tumblr user @anurtransyl

LGBTQ+ Pride Design by Bianca Designs

LGBTQ+ Pride

A symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) pride and LGBTQ+ social movements.

The original eight stripe version was designed by artist Gilbert Baker. He designed the flag as a "symbol of hope" and liberation, and an alternative to the symbolism of the pink triangle. In this version, pink stands for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit. The design has undergone several revisions since its debut, first to remove colors then restore them based on availability of fabrics. The traditional and still most common variant consists of six stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.

Flag introduced in: 1978

Artist: Gilbert Baker

MLM Gay Pride Design by Bianca Designs

MLM Gay Male Pride

Men Loving Men / Someone, who can be transgender or cisgender, who is generally attracted to someone of the same gender. Being gay is separate from the concept of gender identity, and so it is possible for a trans person to be both trans and gay.

Flag introduced in:

Artist:

Neutrois Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Neutrois Pride

A non-binary gender identity and umbrella term, with each person experiencing neutrois differently. Common definition include feeling neutral-gender, feeling neither male or female but still feeling strongly gendered (similar to maverique or aporagender), or feeling null-gender, genderless or agender- some genderless individuals may identify as both agender and neutrois, while others may prefer one term or the other. Neutrois individuals may also identify as transgender.

The white stripe represents being neutral, unidentified, or questioning gender. The Dark chartreuse green is the inverse of lavender, a mix of pink and blue, showing that is not female or male. The black stripe is for being agender or genderless.

Flag introduced in: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Term coined in 1995 by: H. A. Burnham

Non-binary Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Non-Binary Pride

An umbrella term covering any gender identity or expression that does not fit within the gender binary.

Non-binary people may identify as having no gender (agender, nongendered, genderless, genderfree or neutrois); moving between genders or having a fluctuating gender identity (genderfluid); being third gender or other-gendered (a category that includes those who do not place a name to their gender).

Gender identity is separate from sexual or romantic orientation, and non-binary people have a variety of sexual orientations, just as cisgender people do.

This design was created to represent nonbinary folks who did not feel that the genderqueer flag represented them and be used alongside Roxie’s design. The yellow stripe represents folks whose gender exists outside of the binary, the white stripe for folks with many or all genders, the purple for folks with genders considered a mix of male and female, and the black stripe for folks who identify as not having a gender.

Flag introduced in: 2014

Artist: Kye Rowan

Omnisexual Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Omnisexual Pride

A sexual orientation where the individual recognizes and is attracted to people of all sexes, genders, and gender identities, with gender as a factor in their attraction.

While both omni and pan mean "all", omni in Latin and pan in Greek, omnisexuality and pansexuality are not the same thing. Pansexuals are considered to be attracted to all people regardless of gender.

Flag introduced in: Unknown, Possibly 2015/2016

Artist: Tumblr User "pastelroswell"

Pansexual Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Pansexual Pride

Pansexuality, similar to omnisexuality, is the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are not determining factors in their romantic or sexual attraction to others.

Pansexuality may be considered a sexual orientation in its own right or a branch of bisexuality, to indicate an alternative sexual identity. Because pansexual people are open to relationships with people who do not identify as strictly men or women, and pansexuality therefore rejects the gender binary, it is often considered a more inclusive term than bisexual.

The flag has three horizontal stripes: pink, yellow, and blue. According to most definitions, the pink represents people who are female identified, the blue represents people who are male identified, while the yellow represents nonbinary attraction.

Flag introduced in: 2010

Artist: Unknown

Philadelphia QPOC Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Philadelphia QPOC Pride

A new flag introduced by Philadelphia intended as a symbol of advocacy for LGBTQ+ POC.

“The black and brown stripes are an inclusionary way to highlight black and brown LGBTQIA members within our community,” said one source involved with the flag-raising event who asked not to be named. “With all of the black and brown activism that’s worked to address racism in the Gayborhood over the past year, I think the new flag is a great step for the city to show the world that they’re working toward fully supporting all members of our community.”

The QPOC inclusive LGBTQA+ flag, or “Philadelphia Pride Flag” was unveiled at a Pride Month kick-off event at Philadelphia City Hall. The Philadelphia Pride Flag adds two stripes, black and brown, to the traditional 6 of the rainbow flag. The design was created by Philadelphia based PR agency Tierney for Philadelphia’s “More Color More Pride” campaign. Adding the black and brown stripes is a small but powerful step for inclusivity in the LGBTQA+ community.

Flag introduced in: 2017

Artist: Philadelphia based PR agency Tierney

Polyamory Pride Design by Bianca Designs Polyamory Pride Design 2 by Bianca Designs

Polyamory Pride

The practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the informed consent of all partners involved. It has been described as "consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy".

The earlier flag has stripes of blue (representing openness and honesty among all partners), red (representing love and passion), and black (representing solidarity with those who must hide their polyamorous relationships from the outside world). In the center of the flag is a gold Greek lowercase letter "pi", as the first letter of "polyamory". Gold represents "the value that we place on the emotional attachment to others... as opposed to merely primarily physical relationships". There have been a number of alternative flags developed by the polyamory community since 1995 that incorporate both the original colors and the infinity heart sign.

Flag introduced in: 2015

Artist: Jim Evans

Polysexual Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Polysexual Pride

Someone who is sexually attracted to multiple, but not all, genders.

Polysexuality (not be confused with polyamory) is a sexual orientation that is related to bisexuality and pansexuality. While bisexuality is defined as being attracted to both men and women, and pansexuality is defined as being attracted to all genders (including non-binary ones), polysexuality is defined as being attracted to more than one gender and/or form of gender expression, but not all.

A polysexual, might, for example, be attracted to femininity, and thus find themselves attracted to women (both cis and trans), afab people who are feminine, and amab people who are feminine, regardless of the gender identity of the last two. However, as the polysexual in our example is not attracted to most men, it would be a misnomer to call them a bisexual or a pansexual.

The creator released this design stating “I, as a poly individual, was greatly saddened by the fact that we don’t have a flag…so I made one :P I made it similar to the bi and pan flags, since they’re all in under the multisexual umbrella. - Samlin”

Introduced in: 2012

Creator: Tumblr user with the signature “Samlin”, Tumblr blog @f***yeahpolysexuality

Progress Pride by Daniel Quasar, Collage Design by Bianca Designs

Progress Pride

When the Pride flag was recreated in the last year to include both black/brown stripes, as well as the trans stripes, Quasar wanted to see if there could be more emphasis in the design of the flag to give it more meaning.

The 6 stripe LGBTQ flag should be separated from the newer stripes because of their difference in meaning, as well as to shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate. The trans flag stripes and marginalized community stripes were shifted to the Hoist of the flag and given a new arrow shape. The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made. Read more here

Introduced in: 2018

Creator: Daniel Quasar

Queer Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Queer Pride

Queer is a term that has been embraced and reclaimed by some of the MOGAI community as a symbol of pride, representing individuals who fall out of the gender and sexuality “norms”.

The pinks and blues next to each other represent same-gender attraction, the orange and green are for nb, and black and white for ace/aro/agender spectrum people as well.

Introduced in: 2015

Creator: Tumblr User "pastelroswell"

Transgender Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Transgender Pride

For folks whose gender identity doesn’t align with the sex they were assigned at birth. Some transgender people who desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another identify as transsexual. Transgender – often shortened as trans – is also an umbrella term: in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine (people who are non-binary or genderqueer, including bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender). Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or else conceptualize transgender people as a third gender.

Being transgender is independent of sexual orientation: transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, or may decline to label their sexual orientation. The term transgender is also distinguished from intersex, a term that describes people born with physical sex characteristics "that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies". The opposite of transgender is cisgender, which describes persons whose gender identity or expression matches their assigned sex.

The Transgender Pride Flag was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, United States in 2000. The flag represents the transgender community and consists of five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pinks, and one white in the center.

The light blue stripe represents the traditional color for boys. Light pink represents the traditional color for girls. White represents those who are intersex, transitioning, or see themselves as having a neutral or undefined gender.

Introduced in: 1999

Creator: Monica Helms

Ally Pride Design by Bianca Designs

Ally In Action Pride

For folks who aren’t a part of the LGBTQA+ community, but do support them. Straight allies are heterosexual and/or cisgender people who support equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBTQA+ social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and any discrimination against the LGBTQA+ community.

Introduced in: Sometime in the 2000's

Creator: Unknown

Updated March 18, 2020

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