June is Gay Pride month, and it marks the commemoration of the Stonewall Riots which occurred in June 1969.
Global Pride Day takes place on June 27th and although it is usually marked with celebrations, marches and events, this year many of these have been cancelled due to Coronavirus.
While society has come a long way since 1969, LGBTQ+ people are still fighting for their rights in many countries.
The letter ‘Q’ was added to the ‘LGBT’ acronym back in 1996, though the gay rights advocacy group GLAAD officially recommended the addition of the letter in 2016, urging journalists to write ‘LGBTQ’ rather than just ‘LGBT’.
The LGBTQ+ community consists of more than just lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, and there are plenty more sexualities which fall under the acronym.
The flags explained
The Gay Pride Flag:
This flag is the most commonly seen flag, as it is often used to represent the whole LGBTQ+ community.
The Bisexual Flag:
This flag is used to represent people who are bisexual- this means they are attracted to both men and women. The flag was designed by Michael Page in 1998 in order to give bisexual people a wider sense of community and visibility.
The Trans Pride Flag:
This flag was designed by Monica Helms, who came up with the trans flag in 1999, after she met Michael Page who told her: “the trans community needs a flag too.”
The idea for the design came to her quickly, with the blue for trans men, the pink for trans women and the white stripe in the centre representing the non-binary community.
This flag represents the transgender community, people whose gender or sense of personal identity does not correspond to the sex they were born as.
The Lesbian Pride Flag:
This flag represents the ‘L’ in LGBTQ+, and is used by lesbians everywhere to show their pride.
The Intersex Pride Flag:
‘Intersex’ means a person who was born with variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that don’t fit the typical “male” or “female” definitions.
The flag was designed by Intersex Human Rights Australia in 2013, who said: “The circle is unbroken and un-ornamented, 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.”
The Pansexual Pride Flag:
This flag is used to represent the pansexual community. The definition of pansexuality varies, some people view it as an attraction regardless or gender, and some view it as an attraction to all genders.
The origin of the flag is unknown, but it began to be used on the internet in 2010.Pansexual people describe the flag as showing the attraction to men with the blue stripe, women with the pink and people of other genders with the yellow.
The Asexual Pride Flag:
‘Asexual’ refers to someone who does not experience sexual attraction to others, or has a low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity.
According to the Asexuality Archive, the flag was created by a member of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) as part of a contest in 2010.
The black stripe stands for asexuality, the grey stripe for grey-asexuality or demisexuality, the white for allies and the purple for the entire asexual community.
The Non-Binary Pride Flag:
According to the LGBT Foundation, Non Binary people “feel their gender identity cannot be defined within the margins of gender binary. Instead, they understand their gender in a way that goes beyond simply identifying as either a man or woman.”
Created in 2014 by 17-year-old Kye Rowan, the four stripes of the Non-binary Pride flag each represent a different part of the non-binary community.