Queer Flag Creators | Queer History

Video: https://youtu.be/RhBiCkAFwII

I’ve already made a video on the general pride flag and Gilbert Baker, the creator, so I would suggest you watch that first here.

Today, I want to talk a bit more about the other flags for bisexuality, trans people, asexuality, pansexuality, and so on. First, a few quick things about the Pride flag. I covered this in the full video, but did you know that the original flag had eight colors? Pink and turquoise were removed, pink because the fabric was too expensive to produce commercially and turquoise because there was a need for an even number of stripes for a parade. QPOC different tones.jpgYou could say that it now has eight colors again, but different ones. I’m talking about the QPOC one with the black and brown stripes. As a white person, I have no say in whether I like it or not. I personally think it’s a good idea, but I really like other variations such as the one on the left. I believe the person who created this one is Joan, one of Thomas Sanders’ close friends. QPOC+Trans.jpgI also really like the one on the right, designed by Daniel Quasar. Xyr design incorporates both the trans flag and marginalized identities, along with an arrow representing the need for forward motion. I love it, and it looks great too, not just an afterthought. I’d definitely love to get this when it’s produced commercially. Here’s a link to the flag and xyr’s description. Okay, now to other flags that may be well known or not!

Trans.pngI’m going to start with the trans flag, which you saw parts of in the pride variation I just showed you. The creator of this flag is Monica Helms, a trans woman, and she designed this in 1999. It debuted in Phoenix’s Pride parade in 2000. Helms gave an explanation for the design: “The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys, pink is for girls, and the white in the middle is for those who are transitioning, those who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersex. 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.

Bi.pngNext, the bisexual flag. It was designed by Michael Page in 1998 and debuted then at the BiCafe’s first anniversary. The elements of this design came from an already existing bisexuality symbol, the biangles. Page’s description of the flag is the more literal description of bisexuality, which is: “The pink color represents sexual attraction to the same sex only (gay and lesbian). The blue represents sexual attraction to the opposite sex only (straight) and the resultant overlap color purple represents sexual attraction to both sexes (bi).” Of course, if you’ve been watching my channel, you know I don’t go by that definition of bisexuality. I go by the one where one of the two is attraction to the same gender, and the other of the two is attraction to any other genders. Page’s aim with this flag was to increase visibility of bisexuals, both in the queer community and in society at large.

Pan.pngNext is the pansexual flag. This is an interesting one, it was created by Jasper (linked here). It was created in 2010, because the pan community was very unknown at the time, and this was a way of creating visibility, much like the bi flag. The colors pink, yellow, and blue, represent the following: women, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming individuals, and men. The reason why it’s interesting is the creator was anonymous at first, the flag was just given as a suggestion. Pan people really liked it, rallied around it, and it’s stuck.

Ace.pngNow, let’s go the other way and do the asexual flag! It was created in 2010, in an attempt by multiple asexuality websites to create one. They had a multi-stage vote to select the final flag, and it’s the one we have today (more info here). Black represents asexuality, gray is gray-asexuality and demisexuality, white means non-asexual partners and allies, and purple is for community.

Nonbinary.pngLet’s do some more gender flags, starting with the nonbinary flag. It was created in 2014 by Kye Rowan, because many nonbinary people didn’t feel like the genderqueer flag represented them, which I will cover next! This was intended to be used along with the genderqueer flag, not replace it. The colors and meanings are as follows – yellow: those whose gender exists outside and with no reference to binary genders, white: those who have many or all genders since white is the light combination of all colors, purple: those who feel their gender is a mix of the binary genders since it’s a mixture of traditional girl and boy colors, and black: those who feel they are without gender since black is the absence of light.

Genderqueer.pngNext flag, like I said earlier, is the genderqueer flag, which had the final version created in 2011 by Marilyn Roxie. It was originally an attempt to represent all genderqueer and nonbinary people, but it started to be synonymous with genderqueer people as the community grew. Enbies started to feel like they were being forced to use a flag they didn’t feel a connection with, so a new flag was proposed rather than trying to replace the current flag. The colors for this flag are purple, white, and green. Purple represents those whose genders are in between or a mix of genders, white represents those agenderness and gender neutrality, and green represents those outside of the binary, because green is the inverse of purple.

Agender.pngI’m going to end today with the agender flag, which was created by Ska in 2014. They made it with four colors and seven stripes, similar to the trans flag in that it can be flown any way and still be right. The four colors represent the following – black and white both represent the complete absence of gender, gray represents being semi-genderless, and green is the inverse of purple, representing nonbinary gender.

There are so many more flags out there, I can’t cover them all in one video! I hope you learned a lot from this post. Let me know what your favorite thing you learned from this post is!

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Hello there! I'm Rogan, a queer deaf guy who has a passion for leadership and advocacy. I create YouTube videos about a lot of different topics - being deaf, queer, reading, language, and whatever else interests me!

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