What kind of gay pride should I wear?

Flags & symbols of the LGBT movement

The rainbow flag

In addition to the pink triangle that gays had to wear as identification in the Nazi concentration camps, der With the red ribbon, which serves as a symbol of solidarity for people infected with HIV and AIDS, and the lambda symbol, which was particularly widespread in the GDR, the rainbow flag is an established symbol of the lesbian and gay movement around the world.

The rainbow flag was designed by the American artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. It should represent a symbol of lesbian and gay pride, as well as the diversity of this way of life.

The original version of the flag consisted of eight colored stripes. Gilbert Baker turned to the San Francisco-based company for the mass production and sale of his "Gay Flag" Paramount Flag Company. Since the bright pink ("Fuchsia" or "Hot Pink") dyed by Baker himself could not be produced industrially at the time, it had to be reduced to seven stripes.

The color symbolism of the flag

The colors in brackets belong to the original design of the flag, but are no longer included in the current appearance of the rainbow flag!

  • (Fuchsia = "sexuality")
  • Red = "life"
  • Orange = "health"
  • Yellow = "sunlight"
  • Green = "nature"
  • (Turquoise = "art")
  • Royal blue = "harmony"
  • Violet = "spirit"

The bisexual flag

The flag was created in 1998 by Michael Page with the intention of giving bisexuals a symbol with recognition value. The existing symbols of the lesbian and gay movement, such as the rainbow flag or the lambda symbol, were considered symbols of this movement and the bisexuals could not fully identify with them.

The color symbolism of the flag

  • Blue stands for heterosexuality
  • Pink stands for homosexuality
  • Purple, as a result of the blending of blue and pink, represents bisexuality

In both the blue and pink stripes, there are violet parts that are invisible to the eye and that are supposed to represent the unrecognized bisexuality of some people.

The transgender flag

The transgender flag was designed by Monica Helms in 1999 and first shown at an LGBT demonstration in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 2000.

The flag symbolizes the trans * community and contains five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pink and a white stripe in the middle.

The color symbolism of the flag

The light blue or pink stripes symbolize the classic gender roles, namely light blue for male and pink for female. The white stripe symbolizes intersex people, trans * people or people who consciously do not want to define themselves according to the two-gender system.

The genderqueer flag

The genderqueer flag was invented by Marylin Roxie in 2011 and has since gained some notoriety in the US as a symbol of identification for people who define themselves as genderqueer. Genderqueere people cannot or do not want to commit themselves clearly to one of the naturalized roles of man or woman, so their identity is outside the binary gender system.

The color symbolism of the flag

  • Lavender: The blending of blue and pink (classic colors identified with masculinity and femininity) is said to symbolize androgynous people and androgyny. Lavender also symbolizes the “queer” in genderqueer.
  • White: Should symbolize the identities that are not defined in terms of gender.
  • Dark green: Is the contrast to lavender and is supposed to symbolize all identities that are located outside the binary gender system.

The three colors of the genderqueer flag are not intended to give the impression that each of these identities has to be separate from one another. There are more concepts and variations of gender and sexuality that can be defined as genderqueer, so the flag is in some ways a simplification. The purpose of the flag is to make genderqueer people and the diverse identities associated with them visible.


More information at: www.genderqueerid.com (in English)