LGBTQ+ Pride Flags Color Meanings

Colorful and diverse, all Pride flags represent the LGBTQIA community and help them feel seen and heard. The LGBTQ+ community has adopted specific symbols and flags for not only self-identification but also to share values, show unity, allegiance, and pride. I have tried to include all LGBT flags, however if I have missed any, please let me know so I can add it. Thanks! 

Original Pride Flag

The original flag was created in 1977 by Gilbert Baker under the request of Harvey Milk, as a symbol of pride. Milk wanted a symbol for the growing LGBTQ community in San Francisco.

He was inspired by the striped American flag, and he used a rainbow of colors to symbolize the infinite spectrum of  diversity in this beautiful community.

The Pride Flag Color Meanings:

  • Pink: sex
  • Red: life
  • Orange: healing
  • Yellow: sunlight
  • Green: nature
  • Turquoise: magic & art
  • Indigo: serenity
  • Purple: spirit

1978-1999 Pride Flag

The original Pride Flag had eight colors, as mentioned above. It was simplified one year later to accommodate industry standards in order to keep up with the overwhelming demand for this new symbol of hope and liberation. The removal of the pink stripe did not change the overall symbolism of the flag or the meanings of the other colors.

LGBT/Gay Pride Flag

Also known as the LGBT Pride Flag, Gay Pride Flag, or Rainbow Pride Flag, this prominent LGBT symbol is often used by the LGBTQ+ communities and allies. It is also used to communicate LGBT-friendliness in cafés, bars, and various establishments.

Many city halls and landmarks worldwide raise the flag or are illuminated in its colors during Pride Month, which is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.

The LGBT/Gay Pride Flag colors maintain the same as the Original Pride Flag; however the turquoise and pink stripes were removed. 

Lesbian Pride Flag - Original

Created in 1999 by graphic designer Sean Campbell, the original Lesbian Pride Flag had a double-headed white ax superimposed on the inverted black triangle set against a violet background. Adopted as a symbol of empowerment by the lesbian feminist community, this flag remained popular for over a decade. 

  • The labrys, a type of double-headed axe, was associated as a weapon used by the Amazons of mythology.
  • Women considered asocial by Nazi Germany for not conforming to the Nazi ideal of a woman, which included homosexual females, were condemned to concentration camps and wore an inverted black triangle badge to identify them.
  • The color violet became associated with lesbians via the poetry of Sappho.

Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag

The lipstick lesbian flag was introduced in 2010. The design contains a red kiss in the left corner, superimposed on seven stripes consisting of six shades of red and pink colors and a white bar in the center. The lipstick lesbian flag is used to represent a lesbian subculture who exhibit a more significant amount of feminine gender attributes, such as wearing makeup (thus the lipstick). This flag has not been widely adopted.

Pink Lesbian Pride Flag

The Pink Lesbian Flag derived from the lipstick lesbian flag but with the kiss mark removed. The pink flag attracted more use as a general lesbian pride flag. 

Orange-Pink Lesbian Pride Flag

The Orange-Pink Lesbian Flag was modeled after the seven-band pink flag, was introduced on Tumblr by blogger Emily Gwen in 2018.

A five-stripes version was soon derived from the 2018 colors.

5 Stripe Lesbian Pride Flag

Currently, the most used Lesbian Pride Flag. 

Lesbian Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Dark Orange: gender non-conformity
  • Light Orange: community
  • White: unique relationships to womanhood
  • Pink: serenity and peace
  • Dark Pink: femininity

Bisexual Pride Flag

Created in 1998 by Michael Page, the bisexual flag represents the increased visibility of bisexual people in the LGBT community and society. 

Bisexual Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Magenta: attraction to the same gender only
  • Royal Blue: attraction to the opposite gender only
  • Lavender: the resultant overlap color represents attraction to both genders

Transgender Pride Flag

Designed by trans woman Monica Helms in 2000, She says, “the pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it will always be correct. This symbolizes us trying to find correctness in our own lives.”

Transgender Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Blue: boys
  • Pink: girls
  • White: people who are transitioning, neutral gender, agender, and intersex

Intersex Pride Flag

Created in 2013, the intersex flag is a simple but powerful one. That’s because it represents intersex people, whose bodies don’t align with the gender binary of female and male.

The flag was designed by Morgan Carpenter, who aimed to create a symbol “that is not derivative, but is yet firmly grounded in meaning.”

It uses “hermaphrodite” colors, yellow and purple, meaning non-derivative of gendered pink and blue. The circle symbolizes wholeness.

Intersex Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Yellow: gender neutral
  • Purple: gender neutral

Agender Pride Flag

In 2014, Salem Fontana designed the agender Pride Flag, which has seven horizontal stripes. Unlike genderqueer people that bend the rules of gender, agender people reject a gender completely.

Agender Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Black & White: absence of gender
  • Gray: semi-genderlessness
  • Green: non-binary gender

Philly Pride Flag

First raised in 2017, the Philadelphia Pride Flag is the current LGBT flag with the addition of two more stripes to highlight black and brown LGBTQIA members within the community.

According to Pride, “noting that queer people of color are often not fully included in the LGBT community, the city of Philadelphia added two colors — black and brown stripes— to the Pride Flag in their honor.”

Progress Pride Flag

In response to Philly Pride Flag, Daniel Quasar recreated the Pride Flag to achieve a better design and give more meaning to it. As such, he added five half-sized stripes in the shape of an arrow to the hoist. Quasar said, “the arrow points to the right to show forward movement while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made.”

As for the Progress Pride Flag color meanings, the six stripes on the background have the same meaning as the traditional colors of the LGBT Flag: life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic and art, and serenity. The white, pink, and blue stripes represent the trans identity: people in transition, girls, and boys. The two last stripes, brown and black, represent the people of color and AIDs victims, respectively.

Queer People of Color Pride Flag

Although this flag was used before, 2020 was the year when the queer people of color (QPOC) Pride Flag raised considerably in popularity as a sign of solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrations worldwide. 

This flag represents not only QPOC but also how the black community and the queer community are often woven together. To represent that, the raised fist with six stripes in shades of brown, from light to dark, was added on top of a black circle onto the traditional and most current LGBT Pride Flag.

In the past, the raised fist was used as a symbol of support and solidarity as well as an expression of resistance, strength, and unity.

Aromantic Pride Flag​

Aromantic people have little to no romantic attraction to others, primarily carnal. Beyond that, the Aromatic flag consists of five horizontal stripes representing diverse identities.

Aromantic Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Green: aromanticism
  • Light Green: aromanticism spectrum
  • White: aesthetic attraction
  • Gray: gray-aromanticism
  • Black: demiromantic

Asexual Pride Flag

Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction, wrote the Asexual Visibility and Education Network. “They are not drawn to people sexually and do not desire to act upon attraction to others in a sexual way.” In 2010, the asexual flag was created to create awareness and represent this community.

Asexual Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Black: asexuality
  • Gray: demisexual and gray-ace
  • White: allosexual
  • Purple: community

Demisexual Pride Flag

Demisexuals don’t experience sexual attraction until they have formed a strong emotional connection with a possible partner. However, the definition of “emotional bond” may vary from person to person.

Demisexual Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Black: asexuality as a whole
  • Gray: gray-asexuality and demisexuality
  • White: sexuality
  • Purple: community

Non-Binary Pride Flag

Created in 2014, the non-binary flag represents the different identities of those who don’t feel connected to the gender binary – who are neither male nor female‍.

Non-Binary Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Yellow: genders outside of the gender binary
  • White: nonbinary people
  • Purple: people that are a mixture of male and female genders
  • Black: agender individuals

Pansexual Pride Flag

Pansexuals are those attracted to all genders. Created in 2010, the pansexual flag is a tricolor symbol. 

Pansexual Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Hot Pink: attraction to females
  • Yellow: attraction to everyone else than females and males
  • Blue: attraction to males

Genderfluid Pride Flag

Also known as genderflexible, genderfluid people are flexible about their gender identity instead of the traditional conformity of choosing a single definition. They may fluctuate between different gender expressions over their lifetime or express multiple aspects of various gender markers simultaneously.

Embracing the fluctuations and the flexibility of gender in genderfluid people, the flag created by JJ Poole in 2012 features colors associated with femininity, masculinity, and everything in between.

Genderfluid Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Pink: femininity
  • White: all genders, including third genders
  • Purple: both masculinity and femininity
  • Black: lack of gender
  • Blue: masculinity

Polysexual Pride Flag

Polysexual people are attracted to many, but not all, genders. A middle ground between bisexuality and pansexuality, polysexuality is centered more around attractions to femininity and masculinity rather than gender itself.

Polysexual Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Pink: attraction to females
  • Green: attraction to those who don’t conform to either gender
  • Blue: attraction to males

Polyamory Pride Flag

Featuring the Greek lowercase letter “pi” (π) on their flag, which also is the first letter of the word polyamory, this flag celebrates the infinite selection of partners, meaning having open relationships.

Polyamory Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Blue: honesty and openness
  • Red: love and passion
  • Black: solidarity
  • Golden: the value of relationship, emotional attachment, either friendly or romantic, as opposed to merely physical relationships

Straight Ally Pride Flag

The rainbow stripes of the LGBT Flag in the shape of the letter “a” on top of a black and white striped background. Simple but powerful. This flag represents the allies who support the LGBTQ+ community. Not only that but this flag makes everyone feel included, especially at Pride marches, when allies celebrate other people’s sexualities.

Straight Ally Pride Flag color meanings:

  • Black & White: straight and cisgender people
  • Rainbow: LGBTQ+ community

Leather, Latex, & BDSM Pride Flag

Designed in 1989 by Tony DeBlase, the flag is now commonly used in Pride parades by the leather subculture, as well as partially being embraced by the BDSM community. According to DeBlase, “the flag is composed of nine horizontal stripes of equal width. From the top and from the bottom, the stripes alternate [between] black and royal blue. The central stripe is white. In the upper left quadrant of the flag is a large red heart. I will leave it to the viewer to interpret the colors and symbols.”

This flag is not exclusively for gay people but rather for the leather and BDSM community. 

Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag

As mentioned before, lipstick lesbian is slang for a lesbian who shows many feminine gender attributes, such as wearing dresses, skirts, makeup (thus, lipstick), and having other characteristics associated with feminine women.

Bear Pride Flag

As a gay subculture, a bear is a man who is hairy and/or has facial hair, often with a ‘cuddly’ body. Like leather, the bear subculture has its own flag that is regularly seen at Pride events. Its colors aren’t used to represent skin color but the fur of a bear.

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