Society increasingly recognizes that sexual diversity is not just about males and females but about a whole range of possibilities with infinite personal variation under the broad concept of gender identity.
The acronym LGBT for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people has become increasingly commonplace. A “+” often appears at the end to mark the inclusion of other variants related to identity and its expression.
However, the acronym has been expanded with new letters and numbers in recent years. Its most recent form is LGBTIQQA2s, which refers to Intersex, Queer, Questioning, and Asexual people. The 2s refers to two-spirited people, an Indigenous term used to describe people who have a female and a male spirit living in the same body.
Around the world, communities are promoting greater representation of individual and collective LGBTQ rights. Over time, many organizations and networks have formed to promote sexual diversity, including the corporate and business community. However, while there has been significant progress, some areas, such as construction and sports, are more challenging to break into.
You’ve probably already noticed that a 6-striped rainbow flag often represents the LGBTQI+ community.
But this horizontal 6-stripe flag is far from the only one out there. Many others represent the different genders and sexual orientations of many communities.
We will show you some examples of flags. However, there are many others, and one blog would not be enough to showcase them all.
The Bisexual Flag (1998):
A bisexual individual is romantically and/or sexually attracted to more than one sex or gender. Michael Page created the bisexual flag in 1998 to differentiate the bisexual community from other movements. The color pink represents attraction to people of the same gender or identity. Purple is the color representing attraction to two genders. The last color, blue, represents attraction to people who identify with another gender.
New Lesbian Flags (2018 and 2019):
A revision of the lesbian flag was made in 2019 and formalized the five-stripe flag as the new official flag of lesbian people (it was composed of 7 stripes in 2018).
The first dark orange stripe represents gender non-conformity. The second, lighter shade of orange, represents the lesbian sense of independence and community. White is the symbol of transgender and non-binary lesbian. Pale pink’s fourth band represents love, peace, serenity, and sex. The last one is a symbol for femininity.
The Non-Binary Flag (2013):
A non-binary person is, by definition, a person who does not see themselves in terms of male or female (binary genders). Yellow highlights the idea that non-binary people do not define themselves as male or female. White represents people who define themselves by many, if not all, genders. On the other hand, Black represents those who define themselves as without gender. The purple stripe adds that some people’s identities fall somewhere between, or are a mixture of, binary definitions.
Trans Flag (1999):
These individuals do not identify by their assigned gender at birth or have a biological sex that is not part of the binary spectrum. Each trans person will have their way of understanding their gender. The blue and pink colors represent, like many other flags, the genders of males and females. The color white represents intersex, transitioning, or those who define themselves as gender-neutral or by a non-identified gender.
Progress Pride flag (2018):
A flag created by Daniel Quasar in June 2018, this flag uses the colors of Gilbert Baker’s rainbow flag (6-color version). In addition, Daniel Quasar adds black, brown, pink, light blue, and white stripes in a triangle shape on the flag’s left side.
The new colors are intended to make the flag more inclusive and progressive. The arrow pointing to the right side of the flag but not touching the right edge indicates that there is still progress to be made, although the overall movement is going forward.
Because we are working for more inclusive hospitality
By: Lisa Guerin