It's Lesbian Visibilty Day on April 26th! Pride flags have been a big part of LGBT+ visibility since the 1970s, so we thought to mark Lesbian Visibility Day, we'd share some quick facts about lesbian pride flags! There are a number of lesbian pride flags, but the community haven't adopted a singular one as a preferred option, so take a look at the different flags below!
Labrys lesbian flag
This flag was the earliest lesbian pride flag, created in 1999 by graphic designer Sean Campbell. The labrys (double headed axe) was used as a symbol of empowerment by lesbian feminists. The inverted black triangle has a historical link; Nazis used it as a badge for lesbians, who were sent concentration camps. Some members of the lesbian community have since reclaimed this symbol.
The lipstick lesbian flag
This flag was introduced in 2010 by the blog This Lesbian Life. A "lipstick lesbian" is a term for a lesbian who has a more feminine gender expression, e.g. those who like wearing dresses and make-up. The flag features pink stripes, with a white stripe in the middle, and a kiss mark in the corner.
The "pink" lesbian flag
This flag is an adapted version of the lipstick lesbian flag, with the kiss mark removed. Like the lipstick lesbian flag, this flag also is generally used to represent those with a more feminine gender expression.
Social media lesbian pride flag
The below lesbian flag was modelled after the pink flag (shown above) and was first seen on Tumblr in 2018. This flag aimed to be more inclusive of trans women, and each of the colours represents something:
Dark orange - Gender non-conformity
Orange - Independence
Light orange - Community
White - Unique relationships to womanhood
Pink - Serenity and peace
Dusty pink - Love and sex
Dark rose - Femininity
Five stripe social media lesbian pride flag
This flag, was shared shortly after the seven stripe version from 2018, and takes out two of the stripes (orange and dusty pink), for a more simplified version.