The pride flag has been around since 1971, a year when the first baby gays had only just begun to crawl from the womb of the Stonewall Uprising. Needless to say, it’s been overdue for an upgrade. But while an update to the flag last year sought to symbolize both AIDS victims and people of color by including black and brown stripes, the update was unfortunately rejected by gaycists for being too non-white.
But after years of Black Lives Matter protests and a slowly growing understanding of racism in the queer community, it might be time for us to embrace the change.
In honor of this cultural shift, Portland-based designer Daniel Quasar (who uses xe/xem pronouns and is not a character from Portlandia) recently unveiled an even more inclusive flag that includes not only brown and black stripes but also pink and light blue stripes from the trans flag.
Letting alone the flag’s aesthetic issues (the white triangle on the left makes the flag look unfinished), we should celebrate this new flag’s inclusiveness, if not just because it’s inherently badass. How many nations can you name with flags that not only represent queer and trans people, but also sex, healing, sunlight, nature, spirit, art, serenity, and freaking magic?? (Those are the meanings of the original flag’s eight colors.) Take that Sri Lanka, with your knife-wielding lion, and Papua New Guinea, with your silhouette of a ragianna bird-of-paradise. We have freaking magic.
According to Quasar, the flag is meant to “shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate.” Its design has also gone viral and has surpassed its initial Kickstarter goal by nearly $10,000, so it seems as if the queer community is definitely vibing with that mission statement.