A Guide to LGBT+ Pride Flags

Brush up on your knowledge of LGBT+ pride flags, and find out what the different colours and designs of each flag represent! There are many flags and some can vary, so we've compiled a list of some of the more widely used flags.

See our LGBT+ Glossary for a list of different sexualities and gender identities.

Rainbow Flag - LGBT Pride

This flag was designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978 as a symbol of pride for the gay community. The design has been changed since it's creation; it originally had a pink and a turquoise stripe in addition to the red, orange, yellow, green, indigo and purple we see today.

It is used to represent the entire LGBT+ community and each stripe has a meaning:

Red - Life

Orange - Healing

Yellow - Sunlight

Green - Nature

Indigo - Serenity

Violet - Spirit

Inclusive Rainbow Flags

The first flag shown above was created in June 2017 and used in the city of Philadelphia. Black and brown stripes were added onto the rainbow flag, to draw attention to issues faced by black and minority ethnic people in the LGBT+ community. This has been adopted by some in the UK to be more inclusive of Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

The second flag features the black and brown stripes, as well the trans flag colours in a chevron to the left of the flag. This was created in June 2018 designer by Daniel Quasar, who 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."

Trans Pride Flag

The Transgender Pride Flag was created by Monica Helms, an American trans woman, in 1999. The design is explained by Monica Helms: "The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender."

Bisexual Pride Flag

The bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page in 1998. The colours represent the following: Pink - Same sex/gender attraction

Blue - Different sex/gender attraction

Purple - Attraction to both different sex/genders and your own sex/gender. Often considered to be for non-binary people who do not identify with any gender.

Pansexual Pride Flag

An online pansexual community helped create this flag in 2010 and the colours represent the following:

Pink - Attraction to people who identify as female

Yellow - Attraction to non-binary people

Blue - Attraction to people who identify as male

Non-binary Pride Flag

The non-binary pride flag was created in 2014. The colours represent the following:

Yellow - People whose gender exists outside the binary

White - People who embrace many, or all, genders

Purple - People who feel their gender is a mix of – or between – male and female,

Black - People who feel as if they have no gender

Genderqueer Pride Flag

The genderqueer pride flag was designed in 2011 by Marilyn Roxie, and this is what the colours represent:

Purple - Androgyny or queerness

White - Agender identity

Green - People with identities which are defined outside the binary of male and female

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 we've included three- swipe right to see the other flags.

Flag 1: The "pink" lesbian flag: This flag has six shades of red and pink colors and white in middle. The original design, known as the lipstick lesbian flag, is the same as this flag, but includes a kiss mark in the corner. The "pink" and lipstick lesbian flags generally represent those with a more feminine gender expression.

Flag 2: The labrys lesbian flag: This was 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.

Flag 3: The lesbian community pride flag: This flag, which is a similar design to the pink lesbian flag, has five colours. It includes a dark orange bar for 'gender nonconforming' and was created in 2018. (Image credit: Wikipedia)

Asexual Pride Flag

The asexual pride flag was created in 2010 and the four colours represent:

Black - Asexuality

Grey - Grey-asexuals and demisexuals

White - Allies

Purple - Community

Demisexual Pride Flag

Not much is know about this flag's origin, but it was created to specifically represent demisexual people and has the same colours as the asexual pride flag.

Aromantic Pride Flag

The colours in the aromantic pride flag represent the following things:

Dark Green: Aromanticism

Light Green: The aromantic spectrum

White: Platonic and aesthetic attraction, as well as queer/quasi platonic relationships

Grey: Grey-aromantic and demiromantic people

Black: The sexuality spectrum

The middle stripe used to be yellow, but was changed to white as it caused sensory problems for some people.

Bear Pride Flag

The Bear Pride flag was created in 1995 by Craig Byrnes, to represent the bear subculture of the LGBT+ community. Byrnes came up with the idea and sketched the flag, and his friend, Paul Witzkoske, used this sketch to create the Bear Pride flag as shown above.

The colours were chosen because they are the colours of bear fur.

Intersex Pride Flag

The intersex pride flag was created in 2013 by Morgan Carpenter from Intersex Human Rights Australia. The circle is described as "unbroken and unornamented, symbolising wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolises the right to be who and how we want to be."