A Note About LGBTQ+ Flags for Grown-Ups
Our Sunshine Box children (ages 0-2) are receiving the board book, Pride Colors, in their Spring 2019 boxes. Here are some additional resources for grown-ups to learn more about the flags, and thereby rich diversity, of the LGBTQIA+ community. Please reach out with any questions or ideas for other resources to share.
First, with gratitude, we acknowledge Gilbert Baker, the designer of the original Rainbow Flag.
When considering the Pride Flag, it’s important to honor that the LGBTQIA+ movement is working to become more inclusive. There are other flags that already exist or are being created with the intention of lifting up the rich diversity within this community, and particularly those who have experienced marginalization within and outside of this community. Here are just a few examples of such flags.
This is the transgender flag created by Monica Helms in 1999.
Listen here for a NPR interview with Monica Helms about the making of this flag.
This is the #MoreColorMorePride flag that lifts up black and brown LGBTQIA+ community members. This effort was launched by one of the few offices of LGBTQ+ Affairs led by a queer Black woman, Amber Hikes, and with the assistance of a commission that was majority people of color, all in Philadelphia. Learn more about the #MoreColorMorePride campaign here.
Watch this video to learn more about why the #MoreColorMorePride Campaign was and remains so important.
Here is another recent flag redesign proposal by Daniel Quasar. It intends to lift up the transgender community, people of color, “as well as those living with AIDS, those no longer living, and the stigma surrounding them.”
See here for more information.