Happy Pride Month!! It’s the best month of the year, isn’t it? As much as we have our cute rainbow products, we decided to do something a bit different this year. Considering everything that is going on in the world right now, we decided to summarize some LGBTQIA+ issues and understand what we can do to make sure everyone is being respected. This week, we’re talking about Pride Flags!
What are Pride Flags?
Pride flags are used to represent a segment someone identifies as. For instance, gay people use the rainbow flag, transgender people use a blue, pink, and white stripped flag and beyond. These flags are symbols that represent each part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Often you will also hear LGBT or queer flag instead of pride flags. Pride always relates to the concept of gay pride and not everyone in the community identifies as gay.
Why do we need them?
The same reason we need correct pronouns and pride months. People in the community are still misrepresented and misinterpreted. This helps understanding what people are arguing about and fighting for. Not always people in the same community fight for the exact same thing. The fact that they can be represented and understood by something else apart from just what they look like helps understanding what needs they might have and what response they have received historically from society.
Pride Flags also help people inside a segment identify others who are together in it. It gets people together to understand issues and how to fight for change. Embracing a segment helps gathering people with similar mindsets together to fight for the change specific segments need. For example, transgender people will be fighting for basic rights in most countries whereas gays are fighting to be able to get married. Every segment has specific needs, even though part of the same umbrella community. Getting each segment together is key to achieve the change they need to feel comfortable living in society without being discriminated. Together we always achieve more, right?
Please keep in mind that this is not about labelling people, it is their own choice to embrace a flag and belong to a segment inside the community.
How many flags are there?
This is where things become tricky. Obviously, no one expects anyone to remember or know all flags as there are many. We will not go into detail on every single one of them as this would make this article a book. However, these are the main ones: