Understanding the Pride flag

Pride flag

Most people outside the LGBTQ+ community think of it as a "rainbow" flag only. But each of the six colors has a specific meaning.

This quick read explains what each color represents and explores the story behind the creation of the flag in 1978. For instance, did you know the original flag had additional colors and that some people think the rainbow is an allusion to The Wizard of Oz?

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History of the rainbow flag


Tringali, Billy. (n.d.). History of the Rainbow Flag. These Colors Run Deep. https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/lgbtflags/history/

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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