Here's what you need to know about different Pride flags and what they represent

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Apart from the commonly used rainbow flag at the Pride march across the world, there are a number of other types of Pride flags that we may have less knowledge about.

It is the month of unity, braveness, serenity and a lot of colours. The month of Pride brings with it a lot of celebration that unites the LGBTQ+ community around the world. The streets are usually covered in colours of the rainbow and empowering spirits. A lot has changed for the community over the years while a lot is changing slowly and gradually. And one of them is identifying the many spectrums within the queer community. Over the years, the world had shifted from shoving people into two genders to discovering and acknowledging many more sexual identities. While we have seen people marching on the streets with the rainbow flag, it's not the only one. There are various other equally important types of Pride flags that represent and stand for the individual spectrums within the society. And here's all you need to know about them.

Take a look at these types of Pride flags and what they mean:

Bisexual Flag

The colours represent the stereotypical colours used for boys and girls and the one overlapping them.

Pansexual Pride

Pansexuals are the ones who show interest in all genders as partners. The pink represents women, yellow nonbinary and gender-nonconforming folks, and the blue is for men.

Asexual Flag

It represents many identities, including graysexuals (the fluid area between sexuals and asexuals) and demisexuals (people who don't experience sexual attraction unless they have an emotional connection with their partners.)

Progress Pride Flag

The white, pink, and light blue reflect the colours of the transgender flag, while the brown and black stripes represent people of colour and those lost to AIDS.

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?✨It's Pride Month 2020 and Rose Haven acknowledges the history of activism that has propelled LGBTQIA+ social justice movements in the past and in our current climate. We want to honor the important activists who have sacrificed for social change. We love and support our LGBTQIA+ community?. Being a resource for transgender and non-binary communities facing trauma, poverty and homelessness is specifically an essential piece of Rose Haven's equity work. #blackTransgenderLivesMatter #LGBTQplus #BlackLivesMatter #blacktranslivesmatter According to the National Center for Transgender Equality 1 in 5 transgender people have experienced homelessness in their lives. In our own community, the 2019 Multnomah County Point In Time count reported a 186.7% increase in homelessness of folks who have non-binary or other gender diverse identities. Everyday our day shelter works to provide services that are responsive to the needs of guests facing systemic transphobia. We acknowledge the intersecting identities transgender folks hold and look to listen to their experiences. Rose Haven will continue to be accountable for our community and mission of equity. #progressprideflag art by @danielquasar - - - #BIPOCLivesMatter #womxn #community #pride #pridemonth #intersectionalfeminism #socialjustice #portland #rosehavencity

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Polyamory Flag

It celebrates the infinite selection of partners available to polyamorous people. The letter is gold to represent the emotional attachment with others as friends and romantic partners, rather than just our carnal relationships.

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Polyamory Flag Polyamory (from Greek πολύ poly, "many, several", and Latin amor, "love") is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the consent of all partners involved. The meaning of the colors: blue represents the openness and honesty among all partners with which people who are polyamorous conduct their multiple relationships; red, represents love and passion; and black represents solidarity with those who, though they are open and honest with all participants of their relationships, must hide those relationships from the outside world due to societal pressures. A gold Greek lowercase letter “pi” (π), as the first letter of “polyamory”, represents the value that people who are polyamorous place on the emotional attachment to others, be the relationship friendly or romantic in nature, as opposed to merely primarily physical relationships. #polyamoryflag #polyamoryprideflag #Polyamory #30daysofpride2019 #lgbtpridemonth #pridemonth #loveislove #lgbt #lgbtq #rainbow #gay #lesbian #transgender #bisexual #pansexual #genderqueer #male #female  #love #acceptance #diversity #lovewhoyouwant #youareamazing #youarebeautiful #hernandopride #hernandoflorida

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Agender Flag

Agender people reject a gender completely unlike genderqueer people who bend the rules of gender. Here black and white represent the absence of gender. The grey stripes represent people who have a partial absence of gender. The green stripe is used as the inverse of purple since the latter is often used to represent a combination of gender. Hence, inverting it represents negating that concept.

Aromantic Flag

Green celebrates the people who live without romantic attraction like the asexual flag that uses purple to celebrate people who live without sexual attractions.

Non-Binary Flag

This symbol sits as an option for Roxie's creation. The yellow is a symbol of gender outside binary, the white stripe for many or all genders, purple for people who consider both male and female or are fluid between them and black for the agender community.

Intersex Flag

This flag intentionally features nongendered colours that celebrate living outside the binary. The circle in the center represents wholeness.

Philadelphia People Of Color Inclusive Flag

The city of Philadelphia added two colours, black and brown to the Pride flag as it had previously faced accusations of racial discrimination in its gay bars. The flag also received a lot of criticism. But it was worn by Lena Waithe at the Met Gala.

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Philadelphia People Of Color Inclusive Flag Noting that queer people of color are often not fully included in the LGBT community, the city of Philadelphia added two colors — black and brown — to the Pride flag in their honor. The city had previously faced accusations of racial discrimination in its gay bars, which led 11 queer nightlife venues to take antiracism training. Many white men were outraged by the flag, claiming that rainbow includes all skin colors, but with a star like Lena Waithe donning it at the Met Gala, it seems the design is here to stay. If interested in more information on this flag, please check out Hernando Pride Tumblr where more info is posted. #Philadelphia #PhiladelphiaPrideFlag #PhiladelphiaPeopleOfColorInclusiveFlag #inclusive #AllPrideMatters #30daysofpride2019 #lgbtpridemonth #pridemonth #loveislove #lgbt #lgbtq #rainbow #gay #lesbian #transgender #bisexual #pansexual #genderqueer #male #female  #love #acceptance #diversity #lovewhoyouwant #youareamazing #youarebeautiful #hernandopride #hernandoflorida

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Transgender Flag

The light blue stands for the traditional colour used for baby boys, pink is for girls, and the white is for those who have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersexed.

Genderfluid/Genderflexible Flag

The flag features colours associated with femininity, masculinity, and everything in between. The white represents the lack of gender. The purple represents the combination of masculinity and femininity. The black symbolizes all genders, including third genders. The pink stands for femininity. The blue reflects masculinity.

Genderqueer Flag

The genderqueer flag highlights androgyny with lavender, agender identities with white, and nonbinary people with green. Some people refer to it as a nonbinary flag if they feel queer is a slur. Created in 2011 by Marilyn Roxie.

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Representación de los colores: La bandera genderqueer está formada por tres colores y fue diseñada por Marilyn Roxie. El lavanda (mezcla de azul y rosa, colores asociados generalmente con hombres y mujeres) que representa la identidad Queer; el blanco que representa el género neutro y el verde que es el opuesto al lavanda y representa el tercer género. Definicion: Genderqueer (o su traducción: cuirgénero) es un término más amplio que engloba a todas esas personas que no encajan en la idea colectiva de lo que es ser “mujer” y “hombre”. A falta de poder especificar más, principalmente se refiere a cuestiones estéticas, es decir, la ropa, el pelo, el maquillaje, el calzado, etc. De esta forma, toda aquella mujer que no encaje en la idea de seguir una estética “femenina” y todo hombre que no encaje en la idea de seguir una estética “masculina” (teniendo en cuenta que la estética nunca puede ser “femenina” y “masculina” puesto que no son personas y entonces carecen de género), son genderqueer. . . . . . . . #orgullo #orgullolgbt #pride #gaypride #lgbtpride #lgbt #lgbtiq #orgullogay #genderqueerpride #genderqueerflag #genderqueer #asexual #gay #lesbian #lesbianas #bisexual #pansexual #queer #genderfluid #generofluido #nonbinary #nobinario #prideflags #flags #banderas #lgbtqcommunity #banderalgbt #argentina #historialgbt

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Lipstick Lesbian Flag

The most feminine pride flag, although, not a widely used symbol, it celebrates the femmes in the lesbian community, lovingly called "lipstick lesbians."

Leather, Latex, & BDSM Flag

This symbol is not exclusively gay, but rather for the leather and BDSM community. Including the flag in the LGBTQ+ community has been a topic of heated debate.

Bear Brotherhood Flag

A bear is a man in the gay community who is someone is hairy and/or has facial hair often with a cuddly body. The colours represent different hair or fur colours of bears around the world.

Bear Brotherhood Flag

Rubber Pride Flag

Similar to the Leather Pride flag, this symbol is for members of the rubber and latex fetish community and is similar to its predecessor. Black colour represents "our lust for the look and feels for shiny black rubber," red symbolizes "our blood passion for rubber and rubber men," and while yellow highlights "our drive for intense rubber play and fantasies."

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Polysexual Flag

Unlike pansexuality, Polysexuality is attracted to multiple genders but not all. It is centered more around attractions to femininity and masculinity rather than gender itself. Here pink stands for females, blue for male and green to ones who don't conform to either gender.

Pony Flag

The Pony Pride Flag provides a visual way of representing involvement in BDSM pony play where people are treated like horses by wearing hooves, ears, saddles and pulling carts. The design was created by Carrie (MysticStorm) in 2007 and uses Black in solidarity with the leather community.

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Straight Ally Flag

This flag marks everyone who is an ally and speaks out one's support for the LGBTQ+ people!

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