We’ve all seen the famous LGBTQ+ rainbow flag that’s a symbol for the LGBTQ+ community and although there are many more others that are used to represent specific communities within the LGBTQ+ community, in this article I will talk about the symbolism of the Gay Pride Flag that has become so popular in the mainstream.
The six-stripe Gay Pride Flag is derived from the original Pride one that was designed and created by Gilbert Baker. The artist was actually persuaded to create it by the notorious Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States. Baker saw the rainbow as a natural symbol given by the sky, so he adopted the eight colours for the stripes.
Each colour had its own meaning of course. Pink was the symbol of sex, red meant life, orange symbolizes healing, yellow represents the sunlight, green is the symbol of nature, turquoise represents art, indigo means harmony and violet is the symbol of spirit. In the final version, turquoise and indigo have merged into the blue stripe that symbolizes peace. Also pink has been eliminated in the final version.
This has now become a symbol for the entire Pride community, in addition to being the main one for gay men. More recently, in 2018, Daniel Quaser created a more inclusive pride flag, being an updated version of the Gay Pride Flag. It includes the colours black and brown that celebrate people of colour in the LGBTQ+ community and the colours blue, pink, and white that are the colours of the Transgender Pride Flag.
The LGBTQ+ flag has played a very important role in representing the community and bringing more attention in the mainstream to a marginalized community that is finally heard by the rest of the world.