Guide to 72 LGBTQ+ Pride Flags

Guide to 72 LGBTQ+ Pride Flags

I will start by saying if you want a flag that represents you, great. Make it, fly it, and wear it proudly. In the below, I am providing both information and the occasional sarcastic comments as I personally find it a tad bit odd that there are so many “Pride Flags”. So in response, I had to add to the lot and therefore I created the Intersectional Pride Flag in July 2020. It truly is an aim to be inclusive. However, based on this list you can rest assured there will be many more to come with various levels of popularism. There are many fetish flags I didn’t include drawing the line somewhere at an already huge list. It also made me wonder why no one has yet created a flag for others. My curiosity and admittedly slightly sarcastic nature had to get this accomplished to reduce the rabbit hole effect. I hope you find this useful, informative, and via the comments provide your thoughts, design ideas, and comments.

This list is broken into pages in an attempt to make it digestible and allow comments on pages of topically similar designs.

1. Gilbert Baker Pride Flag – The Original

In 1977, gay politician Harvey Milks tasked veteran Gilbert Baker to come up with a Pride flag. Milk said he felt that queer people “needed something that was positive, that celebrated our love.” Inspired by Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” each color has symbolism: Hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic/art, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit. Gilbert Baker (June 2, 1951 – March 31, 2017) was an American artist, gay rights activist, and designer of the rainbow flag (1978), a worldwide symbol of LGBTQ pride. His flag became widely associated with LGBT rights causes, a symbol of gay pride that has become ubiquitous in the decades since its debut. California state senator Scott Wiener said Baker “helped define the modern LGBT movement

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2. LGBTQ Pride Flag – 1978-1999

Harvey Milk was assassinated in 1978, and demand for the flag increased as people wanted to show their support. Apparently, Baker had trouble getting the pink color, so the flag began selling with seven colors instead. He also replaced the teal with the second shade of purple on the lavender side.

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3. LGBTQ+ Pride Flag – Today’s Common

This is probably the flag you’ll see most often: Six colors, apparently easier to produce than the odd-numbered seven. The rainbow flag can operate as a general flag for the LGBTQ+ community, but according to some, it’s not necessarily all-inclusive as also apparent with this huge list of pride flags of all sorts. Many of the following flags (intersex, asexual, non-binary, etc.) embody different identities that exist within Q (queer) and/or outside this acronym while others represent fetishes.

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4. Philadelphia People of Color-Inclusive Flag

Philadelphia added brown and black at the top of their flag in 2017 to spotlight the importance of including queer people of color in the LGBTQ+ community. This caused some debate within LGBTQ+ circles. LGBTQ+ persons span all races. Are the plight and struggles different, sure yet even in the white/caucasian LGBTQ community, there are struggles. The original rainbow flag didn’t exclude persons of color. Aren’t all persons important? Adding race in an exclusionary manner puts one above the other. Where are the white and salmon flesh tone stripes if it aims to be inclusive? Is representation good? Sure. Is increased visibility good? Sure. I personally view all people as shades of brown, from a pale tan to a dark brown. Artistically, having the colors black and brown on top just visually doesn’t work. Putting race literally above all else in the LGBTQ community to me personally doesn’t work. I get the idea and appreciate the concept. But artistically the execution flounders. Again, this and the following drove me to toss my attempt into the ring.

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5. Progress Pride Flag

This flag takes inclusion even further, thanks to queer, nonbinary artist Daniel Quasar (xe/xem).

Graphic designer Daniel Quasar has added a five-colored chevron to the LGBT Rainbow Flag to place a greater emphasis on “inclusion and progression”.

Quasar‘s Progress Pride Flag adds five arrow-shaped lines to the six-coloured Rainbow Flag, which is widely recognised as the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

The flag includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized LGBT communities of color, along with the colors pink, light blue, and white, which are used on the Transgender Pride Flag.

Overall I get and appreciate this design over the Phillidelphia Color-Inclusive Flag. I appreciate having the Trans flag incorporated. But, alas exactly how did the common 6 colors of the rainbow exclude anyone? That it didn’t include Charchruce and Periwinkle that to you represents something. Ok. So, this includes the Trans community. Now, what about asexuals, intersex, pansexual, demisexuals, how are bisexuals, leather, twinks, bears, and all others represent?

By adding and thus complicating a simple already nonexclusionary symbol the attempts at being inclusive is actually exclusionary. Again. If you want a flag, great. Create it and fly it proudly. If that doesn’t represent me I am personally OK with that. But, if stating it is inclusive, be apparently fully inclusive. I like the name of this, Progress Flag. Its progress led to me creating the Intersectional Flag.

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6. Intersectional Pride Flag

Created by LGBTQ social entrepreneur, founder of OutBüro – the LGBTQ Professional and Entrepreneur Community, and artist Dennis Velco in July 2020 in an attempt to represent the full LGBQ spectrum in an inclusive manner building upon the tradition, progress, and color inclusive designs. At the foundation and widest encircling colors are those that represent persons of color. White on the top while black on the foundation bottom as in the light spectrum all colors in between. Artistically black is a weighted, heavy color and in a simple design makes sense to represent the grounding base. The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, and a higher power. In the Intersectional Pride Flag, transparent circles of color overlap the strips and other circles creating structure and numerous additional shades of color. At the center is a yellow circle often referenced in other Pride Flag as representing gender and non-gender. It sits over Pink and Blue interlocking circles that are encompassed and intertwined with magenta, a pinkish purple all together harkening to complexities and spectrums of gender identity and expressions with complementary color flanking on either side balancing the composition that is you.

Notice how then black and white circles break the border boundaries and overlap into the other color strips. Just as LGBTQ+ persons break boundaries and strive to reach and grow beyond imposed borders.

Due to the design as noted many ranges of colors are present. I specifically left out additional symbols other than the stripe and the circle. I left current and future specific iconography to others to serve unique subcultures and the fetish community.

Critics and comments welcomed. The design needs some fine touch adjustment as it was created in a PowerPoint-like software without fine graphic editing ability.

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7. Lesbian Labrys Flag

This flag isn’t widely used—and part of the reason may be that the flag was thoughtfully designed in 1999 by a gay man, Sean Campbell. The design involves a labrys, a type of double-headed axe, superimposed on the inverted black triangle, set against a violet background. Among its functions, the labrys was associated as a weapon used by the Amazons of mythology. In the 1970s it was adopted as a symbol of empowerment by the lesbian feminist community. Women considered asocial by the Third Reich because they did not conform to the Nazi ideal of a woman, which included homosexual females, were condemned to concentration camps and wore an inverted black triangle badge to identify them. Some lesbians reclaimed this symbol as gay men reclaimed the pink triangle (many lesbians also reclaimed the pink triangle although lesbians were not included in Paragraph 175 of the German criminal code). The color violet became associated with lesbians via the poetry of Sappho.

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8. Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag

The Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag represents lesbians with a ‘more feminine gender expression’.

The original version had a lipstick kiss symbol in the top right corner but the flag is also used without the kiss.

Some people have presented this flag as an alternative flag for the whole lesbian community. However, others have rejected this idea, arguing that the red and pink shades do not represent butch women.

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9. Femme Lesbian Flag

Interestingly, this flag has a controversial element—it used to be called the “lipstick lesbian” flag and had a pair of lips on the upper left corner. It was designed by Natalie McCray in 2010 to celebrate lesbian femmes but isn’t necessarily loved for its lack of inclusivity.

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10. Butch Lesbian Flag

The Butch Lesbian Flag is designed to represent lesbians with a more ‘masculine’ or ‘dominant’ personality, style, or identity.

It’s a redesign of the original rainbow flag and the pink lesbian flag which is associated with more ‘femme’ lipstick lesbians (see below). The colour scheme of blues, purple, grey and white was apparently just designed as a ‘butch makeover’ of the flag.

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11. Lesbian Pride Flag

The Lesbian Community Pride Flag, or just Lesbian Pride Flag, was inspired by the earlier Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag (see below).

This design, introduced on social media in 2018, took the pink and red colors from the earlier flag and added a dark orange bar to indicate gender nonconformity. 

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12. Lesbian Twink Flag

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The Gay Men Pride Flags

Not to be left out of the pride flag creation, the following is a series of developments representing gay Men via pride flags. Interesting if you search Lesbian Flag, Transgender Flag and others, the search result will instantly show those unique flags. However, if you search Gay Flag most results will be the overall LGBTQ Pride flags. You have to be more specific and search, “gay man pride flag”. Personally, I have never seen any of these flags periods to my research for this article.

13. GAY Male Pride Flag 1

The flag consists of shades of blue and azure, symbolizes the attraction of men to each other and the diversity of the gay community itself. Blue and azure shades for the gay flag were chosen on the basis that these colors are used for the symbolic image of men and homosexual men in particular.

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14. GAY Male Pride Flag 2

As if many shades of blue weren’t clear enough, another version adds the double male symbol to drive the message home.

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15. GAY Male Pride Flag 3

After the introduction of the above, some took offense that only shades of blue where used citing the stereotypical color associated with males so another version was created adding shades of green to teals.

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16. GAY Male Pride Flag 4

Yet another simplied version reduced the number of stripes.

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17. Gay Twink Flag

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18. Bisexual Flag

In 1998, Michael Page wanted to spotlight bisexual people within the LGBTQ+ community. Overlapping over the stereotypical colors for boys (blue) and girls (pink) is lavender—attraction to both sexes. Bisexuality doesn’t necessarily JUST mean an attraction to two sexes, and there are other flags to represent attraction to more than one gender (as you’ll see).

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19. Transgender Pride Flag

Those who are transitioning or have neutral/no gender are also included in the white. Trans woman Monica Helms designed this in 1999. The blue and pink represent boys and girls, and no matter which way you hold it, the flag is always right-side up.

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Transgender Bisexual Pride Flags

Below are three versions of a transgender bisexual pride flag.

20. Transgender Bisexual Pride Flag 1

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21. Transgender Bisexual Pride Flag 2

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22. Transgender Bisexual Pride Flag 3

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23. Intersex Flag

Intersex International Australia designed this flag in 2013 with non-gendered colors “that celebrate living outside the binary.” Intersex (variation in sex characteristics) is also represented in the transgender flag (see next slide).

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24. Agender Flag

Designer Salem X or “Ska” created a reversible flag—much like the transgender flag—to represent the rejection of gender. Green is nonbinary, and black and white are absence of gender.

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25. Genderfluid/Genderflexible Flag

This flag was designed to embody all that genderfluidity can contain (since their gender can vary over time): Pink for femininity, blue for masculinity, white for no gender, black for all genders, and purple for the combination between masculine and feminine. JJ Poole created the flag in 2012.

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26. Genderqueer Flag

Marilyn Roxie designed the genderqueer flag to represent those identifying outside the gender binary: lavender is androgeny, white is agender, and green is nonbinary. This is also known as the “nonbinary” flag.

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27. Nonbinary Flag

To add to the genderqueer flag’s representation, 17-year-old Kye Rowan created the nonbinary flag in 2014 for gender existing outside the binary (symbolized by the yellow). White is all genders, black is no gender, and purple is a mix of genders.

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28. Androgynous Pride Flag

Androgynous people are a mix of both male and female. The blue stripe represents masculinity and the pink femininity. The grey area represents that the metaphorical ‘grey area’ between these two genders.

Of course, androgynous people don’t necessarily feel exactly equally male and female – you can be slightly more masculine or feminine. But the flag forms an ‘equals’ sign to signify gender equality.

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29. Bigender Pride Flag

If you are bigender you feel simultaneous both male and female. Or you may swap between those roles or take the best of both.

Unsurprisingly, the pinks and blues represent femininity and masculinity respectively. The purple stripes are for those genders combined.

Lastly, the white stripe is taken from the center of the Trans Pride Flag (see below). In this case, white stands for non-binary identities and shifting from one gender to another. 

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30. Genderflux Pride Flag

Genderflux people feel different levels of gender identity over time. So they may fluctuate between feeling very female and agendered.

Notably, it is different to genderfuidity. Genderfluid tends to be a variation in the gender they feel (they may vary between male and female). Whereas a genderflux person (in this case a boyflux) would vary between feeling gendered (male) and agender or somewhere in between.

The dark pink stands for female and the lighter pink for demigirl. Similarly, the darker blue for males and a lighter blue for demiboy. The grey stripe represents agender and the yellow, nonbinary.

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31. Trigender Pride Flag

As the name implies, trigender people experience exactly three genders. They may feel all three at once or vary between them.

The flag’s meaning is simple. Pink stands for feminine genders, blue for masculine and green represents the range of non-binary genders.

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Demigender Pride Flags

Demigender literally means ‘half gender’ but practically is an umbrella term for people who are nonbinary but have a partial connection to a certain gender.

32. Demigender Pride Flag – Neutral

The grey, yellow and white striped Demigender Pride Flag is the most common used for them.

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33. Demigender Pride Flag – Masculine

But there is also this flag for the partly male ‘demiboys’.

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34. Demigender Pride Flag – Femme

And this flag for the partly female ‘demigirls’.

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35. Neutrois Pride Flag

Neutrois people typically identify as having no or neutral gender. In some cases they may want to reduce the physical signs of their sex so they appear more gender neutral.

White represents being neutral, unidentified, or questioning gender.

Dark chartreuse green is the ‘opposite’ of lavender, a mix of pink and blue. So this stripe symbolises being not male or female or a mix of those.

Black is for being agender or genderless.

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36. Gender Questioning Pride Flag

Anyone who is questioning whether they are really cisgender may identify as gender questioning.

And an artist named Roswell created this flag in 2017 to represent them.

It takes colors from other gender flags with the pink and blue spectrums representing levels of femininity and masculinity. Meanwhile, the grey in the middle symbolizes uncertainty and seeking answers.

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37. Two-Spirit Pride Flag

Two-Spirit is a modern, pan-Indian term to describe people who have been part of Native American culture for countless generations.

Simply, Two-Spirit people have both a male and female spirit within them and see life through the eyes of both genders. Many indigenous communities not only accepted these two-spirit, or third-gender, people but gave them a ceremonial role in their culture.

Two-Spirit is often confused by outsiders with being ‘gay Indian’ or ‘LGBT+ Native American’. But the term was created to preserve the cultural history of these particular LGBT+ Native Americans, rather than for the whole community.

The flag’s simple design combines the traditional rainbow flag with a double feather.

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38. Hijra Pride Flag

Hijra share both a long culture and a gender identity. Across South Asia, hijra live together in small groups, guided by a guru. Hijras include trans women, intersex and other gender non-conforming people.

Hindu and Muslim religions recognize them but also ostracize them. However India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh offer ‘third gender’ – neither male or female – passports to hijras.

The flag combines both gender and spiritual symbolism. So: ‘Pink and blue are for those of us [hijras] who identify with binary genders as trans people, while the white is for those of us who are nonbinary, the red represents the divinity we were blessed with by [Hindu god] Rama.’

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39. Maverique Pride Flag

Maveriques have a gender – and feel they have a gender – but it is completely separate from male or female.

The designer used yellow because it is a primary color. Therefore, it is completely separate from other colors (like pink or blue) just as maverique is separate from male and female identities.

The white stripe represents independence from the gender binary. White is not on the spectrum of colors so is a blank slate on which maveriques put their own identity.

Finally, orange stands for the burning inner conviction that a maverique feels about their gender. It is perceived as an unorthodox color, again reflecting maverique identity.

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40. Pangender Pride Flag

Pangender people typically embrace all genders or a large number of genders. They may be genderfluid too, in which case they are fluid between many genders over a period of time.

The colors on the flag are deliberately bright to represent the abundance of genders.

White is used as it is a combination of all colors, and therefore all genders. Yellow signifies genders that are not related to female and male. Meanwhile red shows the transition to masculine and feminine genders. And violet-pink combines male and female.

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41. Pocket Gender Pride Flag

One of the more interesting parts of gender discovery is the little world of pocket genders. Technically these are a range of gender identities that are only held by one or a few people.

Often pocket gender discussion groups allow people to discuss or discover different, radical or even eccentric ways of experiencing a gender.

Alex Stowe created the pocket gender flag.

Firstly the colours. Pink and blue represent feminity and masculinity. Purple is a mix of both traditional genders but also genderlessness. Likewise black represents either a mix of genders or a lack of gender. Orange stands for Maverique, a specific non-binary identity (see above).

In this case, Stowe specifically chose triangles rather than stripes used in other Pride flags. They wanted to show the levels of the genders may vary.

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42. Pansexual Flag

This flag, for example, represents pansexuality’s interest in all genders: Pink for women, blue for men, yellow for “nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people.” It was created in 2010 to distinguish pansexuality from bisexuality.

If you can be attracted to people regardless of their gender, you are pansexual or omnisexual. You may think of yourself as gender-blind. Some pansexuals feel they could be attracted to a humanoid alien.

But more practically level, it’s not letting someone’s gender define who you fancy. Of course, many bisexuals also feel they are attracted to people who are not male or female but another gender. But pansexuals make this more explicit.

The Pansexual Pride Flag emerged on the internet around 2010 and has become popular since.

It’s based on a similar design to the bisexual flag with three horizontal stripes. Unsurprisingly pink represents attraction to women, blue to men and yellow to people who are neither male nor female.

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43. Asexual Flag

In 2010, the Asexual Visibility and Education Network stated that they wanted to “have a symbol that belongs to all of us.” The flag is inspired by their logo; Black represents asexuality, gray for graysexuals (between sexual and asexual), and demisexual (sexual attraction following emotional connection). Purple represents the community. A demisexual flag also exists with similar colors in a different configuration.

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44. Polysexual Flag

Polysexual (attracted to multiple but not all genders, unlike pansexual) is still similar to the pansexual flag, with green representing non-conforming genders and pink and blue female and male, respectively. Polysexuality can sometimes be expressed as an attraction to masculinity/femininity, not gender. The flag was created on Tumblr in 2012.

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45. Aromantic Flag

In a similar color scheme, the green in the aromantic flag represents those living without romantic attraction or different romantic attraction. Gray and black are meant to represent all aromantic sexualities.

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46. Demisexual Pride Flag

Demisexuals aren’t totally asexual. They may be sexually attracted to someone, but once they’ve fallen in love.

The Demisexual Pride Flag uses the same colors as the asexual flag. So black represents asexuality, white for non-asexual friends and partners, purple for the community, and grey for grey-asexuality.

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47. Graysexual Pride Flag

Graysexuals feel somewhere between asexual (not interested in sex) and sexual (interested in sex). This is a deliberately vague term, for people who don’t want to be defined too narrowly.

The flag, also known as the Gray-A or Gray-ace Flag uses similar colors to the asexual and demisexual flags. Just like them, purple means community, grey for graysexuality and white for non-asexual friends and partners.

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48. Omnisexual Pride Flag

Omnisexuality is literally attraction to people of all genders. It’s slightly different to pansexuality which is attraction to people regardless of their gender. But, of course, individuals may be both omnisexual and pansexual.

The pink shades, unsurprisingly, mean attraction to feminine people and the blue attraction to masculine people. In the center, the black stripe stands for other genders.

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49. Polyamory Flag

Just as the symbol pi goes on indefinitely after the decimal, there are infinite partners available to those who identify as polyamorous. Gold represents emotional connection, not just sexual love. A modified version was created in 2017 with infinity hearts instead of the pi symbol.

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50. Bear Brotherhood Flag

Craig Byrnes and Paul Witzkoske in 1995 made the “bear flag” for “a subculture of masculine-presenting gay, bisexual and trans men who embrace facial and body hair and may have larger bodies.” Each stripe represents the different colors of bears.

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51. Leather, Latex, & BDSM Flag

There’s also debate over this flag, centered around whether kinks exist within or outside of the LGBTQ+ community. But the most widely celebrated of Tony DeBlase’s achievements in the world of leather is and probably always will be the Leather Pride Flag which he presented to the world as a “proposed design idea” on May 28, 1989, at International Mr. Leather. As the creator of the flag, he was often asked to explain the colors and design, but consistently refused to do so, insisting that each person could do that for himself. The design was immediately embraced and began appearing in parades within a month of its introduction, and turned up in shops as a bumper sticker barely two months later. Deconstructions and re-compositions of the flag’s familiar black, blue and white stripes with a red accent-originally a heart-are common, but the design itself was accepted worldwide as introduced. More info here.

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52. Female Leather, BDSM flag

Te flags can be horizontal or at an angle. That is purely artistic with no addition meaning. The blue of Leather Pride is substituted with pink to represent female leather-lovers. Designed by Sheryl Dee for the Ms San Diego Leather Contest in November 2003.

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53. Boy-Boi Pride Flag

The Boy-Boi Pride Flag was created and designed by boy Keith and debuted at Mid-Atlantic Leather in 1999. The original flag now hangs in the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL.

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54. Fetish Pride Flag

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55. Switch Pride Flag

Some members of the leather and BDSM communities enjoy taking both dominant and passive roles, switching from one to the other. This is represented by the 2 arrows. I can find no reference to it before 2009. More information into its symbolism, history, etc. can be found here: http://c4bl3fl4m3.dreamwidth.org/16143.html

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56. Fat Fetish Pride Flag

Designed to represent someone who is attracted to persons of obease weight.

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57. Military and Uniform Fetish Flag

The Military Fetish Flag has been floating around on the web for sometime; sadly Its creator is unknown. The flag appears here for the community and not for any commercial use.

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58. BDSM Pride Flag

Primarily seen in european counties, the BDSM Rights Flag
is intended to represent the belief that people whose sexuality or relationship preferences include Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, or Sadism and Masochism (“BDSM”) deserve the same human rights as everyone else, and should not be discriminated against for pursuing BDSM with consenting adults.

The flag is inspired by the Leather Pride Flag and Quagmyr’s BDSM Emblem, but is specifically intended to represent the concept of BDSM Rights and to be without the other symbols’ restrictions against commercial use. It’s designed to be recognizable by people familiar with either the Leather Pride Flag or BDSM Triskelion (or Triskele) as “something to do with BDSM”; and to be distinctive whether reproduced in full color, or in black and white (or another pair of colors). For more information: http://www.bdsmrights.com/

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59. Owner Pride Flag

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60. Master/Slave Pride Flag

The “Master/slave and Dom/sub Flag” was unveiled at the Master/slave Conference in DC in July 2005 by Master Tallen and Slave Andrew. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.masterslaveflag.com/html/home.html.

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61. Demisexual BDSM Pride Flag

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62. Bootblack Pride Flag

After a two year debate within the community, on July 4th, 2005 Jesse ‘Spanky’ Penley came up with a design that would eventually become the accepted Boot Black Pride Flag. … The large red heart positioned behind the boot signifies the heart that the bootblack puts behind his or her boots. A Bootblack is someone who tends to boots such as shining.

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63. Puppy Pride Flag

This is a flag that represents a part of the community into Pet Play. It is semi-derivative of the leather flag, but on an angle, and with a red-bone in the middle. The White stripe is slightly bigger to represent the broadness of the community, the bone represents the unconditional, non-judgmental heart of the puppy.

Created in 2011 by Pup Flip Gray (LeatherPup) for the Tampa Leather Club, the Tampa Bay Leather Sir & Leather boy Contest, The Saint Petersburg Pride Parade and the Tampa Bay Leather n Fetish Pride Event.

The Puppy Pride Flag has the same number of stripes as the Leather Pride Flag. The stripes are set on a 30 degree diagonal reminiscent of the boy flag to indicate a new direction. The white stripe is wider than the other stripes to represent the broadness of the puppy movement. The blood red bone in the center of the flag indicates the unconditional, non-judgmental heart of the puppy.

For more information: http://www.leatherpups.com/z

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64. Foot Fetish Pride Flag

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65. Rubber Pride Flag

Members of the rubber/latex fetish community have a flag to express their preferences and passion. Peter Tolos and Scott Moats created it in 1995 and say that black represents “our lust for the look and feel for shiny black rubber,” red “our blood passion for rubber and rubbermen,” and yellow “our drive for intense rubber play and fantasies.” Also, there’s a kink in it—which totally makes sense, actually.

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66. Pony Flag

Another fetish flag, the pony play flag was designed in 2007 by Carrie P., and includes black to express unity with the larger leather community.

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67. Watersports Fetish Pride Flag

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68. Drag or Feather Pride Flag

The Feather Pride Flag is a symbol for the drag community. Artist Sean Campbell created it in 1999.

The phoenix represents the rebirth of the LGBT+ community. Meanwhile, as a mythical firebird it also stands for the ‘fires of passion’ the drag community had in the early days of HIV [and] AIDS epidemic when drag artists were key fundraisers.

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69. Drag Pride Flag

The alternative drag flag debuted much later in 2016. It was the result of a worldwide competition run by Austin International Drag Foundation to symbolize pride among drag queens and drag kings.

The flag’s designer Veranda L’Ni set out the meaning as follows:

Purple represents a shared passion for drag. White stands for ‘the blank slate that is our bodies and face and that we all change to create the characters that we become’. Blue symbolises both self expression and loyalty.

Finally, the crown is for leadership in the LGBT+ community and the stars for the many forms of drag.

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70. Straight Ally Flag

This is a combination of different symbols—the straight flag is black and white stripes, the traditional pride flag is a rainbow—and the combination is meant to show allyship for the LGBTQ+ community

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71. Straight Pride Flag

The simple black and white stripe version, a mockery and opposite of Gilbert Baker’s rainbow design, is the most common version. Alternatives are similar, with shades of grey, black and white.

The Ally Flag (see above) is, of course, the LGBT+ supportive antidote to this from straight, cisgender people.

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