What Each Color of the New Pride Flag Means
If you visit any lesbian chat room nowadays, you may see the new LGBTQIA+ Pride flag. The familiar, original Pride flag that once waved at Pride parades for so many years before represents a standard rainbow from red to purple. The new Progress Pride Flag, designed in 2018 by digital designer Daniel Quasar, resembles the original Pride flag, only with certain additions.
Colors of the Progress Pride Flag and Their Meanings
Original Pride Flag Colors
Red represents life. It's the color of blood, the body's life force, and, in many cultures, the color of passion, often the precursor to the act that generates new life.
Orange is the color of healing. People often associate orange with celebration and fun, both considered healing activities.
Yellow represents sunlight. One common interpretation of brightness and light is the spreading of awareness and intelligence and the stimulation of new thoughts and ideas.
Green represents nature, another source of healing energy. People also associate green with growth and prosperity.
Blue represents peace, calm and serenity. People often consider blue a soothing and relaxing color.
Purple is often considered a spiritual color, as well as a regal color frequently linked with royalty. As such, there is probably no other color more denoting of the concept of "pride."
New Progress Pride Flag Colors
Black and Brown
Inspired by the 2017 Philadelphia Pride Flag, the black and brown stripes represent people of color in the LGBTQIA+ community.
White, Blue and Pink
Inspired by the trans flag first flown in the 2000 Phoenix, AZ Pride Parade, the white, blue and pink stripes represent the transgender community.
Placement and Shape
The shape and placement of colors on the Progress Pride Flag you may see in a lesbian chat room also bear significance. The fact that the new black and brown stripes and the white, blue and pink stripes are placed in a triangle beside the old rainbow colors signifies the progress still remaining in achieving the ideals represented in the rainbow colors for the trans and PoC communities within the larger LGBTQIA+ community.
Emily Clarke writes about social networking apps and LGBT community. You can find her thoughts at stud lesbian blog.