It can be confusing with all the terms and colours out there! We hope this handy guide will help.
Abrosexual refers to an individual whose sexuality is changing or fluid. For example, someone could be gay one day, then be asexual the next, then polysexual the next.
Agender refers to those who have an unidentifiable gender, are gender neutral, or have no gender.
Asexual is the lack of sexual attraction to others, or a low interest in sexual activity, but asexuality can mean different things to different people, it is best to ask each individual what it means to them. For some people, it may mean that they rely on other types of attraction instead of or in place of sexual attraction.
A bi-gender individual is a person having or experiencing two different genders of any combination. For example, a bigender person could be both a woman and a man, or be agender and a woman simultaneously. The genders may be binary or non-binary, can be experienced simultaneously or alternately, and may not be experienced equally or in the same way.
Bi-Gender Pride (variant)
Bisexuality is a romantic or sexual attraction or behaviour toward both males and females, to more than one gender, or to both people of the same gender and different genders
A demiboy (also referred to as demiguy, demiman, demimale, or demidude) is a person who identifies with the concept of masculinity
Demigender represents those people who have a partial feeling, but not a full connection, to a particular gender identity or to the concept of gender
Demisexual represents people who only form sexual attraction for people once they have established a deep emotional connection with them.
Drag Feather Pride
The phrase to drag refers to a performance of masculinity, femininity, or other forms of gender expression – it is to dress up or exhibit yourself in a way that differs from your everyday expressions. For example, a drag queen is someone (usually male) who performs femininity, while a drag king is someone (usually female) who performs masculinity
Gay Pride ( male)
This modern gay men’s pride flag is a revamp of an earlier gay men’s pride flag that featured a range of blue tones. That version of the flag evolved as it used colors that were perceived stereotypical of the gender binary. The updated flag is meant to be inclusive of a much wide range of gay men, including but not limited to transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming men.
Genderfluid refers to those whose gender identity and/or gender expression fluctuates during different times and different circumstances.
Genderflux is a catch-all phrase for gender identities where an individual's gender or sense of the intensity of their gender changes over time.
A genderqueer does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female. Gender queer is similar to non-binary but has a slightly different meaning. It is sometimes used as an umbrella term to cover any identity that isn't cisgender.
Graysexual is used to describe a person who identifies themselves asexual but does not fall into one of the primary kinds of asexuality.
Straight is most viewed as men attracted to women and women attracted to men. The term straight is used to describe for both straight men and straight women. While straight is often used to describe non-LGBT people it is possible for straight people to be part of the LGBT community. For example, they might be transgender. They also might be, asexual heteroromantic, or aromantic heterosexual, which also makes them LGBT.
Intersex people are individuals born with any of several sex characteristics including chromosome patterns, gonads, or genitals that, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies". The circle, perfect and unbroken, represents the wholeness of intersex people. It is a reminder that intersex people are perfect the way they are or choose to be.
The Lesbian Flag is one of the flags fewer people know about, and features different shades of pink and sometimes comes with a red kiss on it to represent lipstick lesbians.
The colours represent the following: Dark Orange = Gender nonconformity, Mid-Orange = Independence, Light Orange = Community, White = Unique relationships to womanhood, Light Pink = Serenity and peace, Mid-Pink = Love and sex, Dark Pink = Femininity
also knows as New Progress or Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride
Given the evolving nature of the LGBTQ+ community and society at large, this Flag integrates many of these flags into one to place a greater emphasis on inclusion and progression. It includes stripes to represent the experiences of people of color, as well as stripes to represent people who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming (GNC) and/or undefined.
Maverique is a non-binary or abinary gender with significant gendered experiences but is neither male nor female. However, it is not a lack of gender; it is defined by autonomy and inner conviction about a gender that is unusual and exists outside the standard conceptions of gender. Maverique individuals are free to use whatever pronouns they prefer and present themselves however they want.
Represents people whose gender identity does not fit within the traditional male/female binary. Some non-binary/genderqueer people use gender-neutral pronouns. Usage of singular 'they', 'their' and 'them' is the most common.
Pansexuality represents those people who feel attracted to a person without thinking about gender. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are not determining factors in their romantic or sexual attraction to others. This means that they can feel attraction to those who identify as women, men, both or neither.
Pansexuality may be considered a sexual orientation or a branch of bisexuality, to indicate an alternative sexual identity. Because pansexual people are open to relationships with people who do not identify as strictly men or women, and pansexuality therefore rejects the gender binary, it is often considered a more inclusive term than bisexual.
This flag came out in response to the demand of more inclusivity across the LGBTQ+ community. The flag launches in 2017 as part of the More Color More Pride campaign in Philadelphia. The addition of black and brown stripes symbolized people of color, who historically were not always included in aspects of the mainstream gay rights movement.
Polyamory is the practice of, or desire for, romantic relationships with more than one partner at the same time, with the informed consent of all partners involved.
Blue stands for openness and honesty of everyone involved, red represents love and passion, while black stands for solidarity with those who must hide their polyamorous relationships. The Pi sign (𝝅) in the middle signifies the infinite options of partners available to polyamorous people
The Polysexual Pride Flag was created for people that are attracted to multiple, yet not all, genders. The blue stripe represents attraction to men, pink stands for the attraction to women, while green is for attraction to those outside of the binary.
The current Pride flag. The Hot Pink stripe was dropped from the original Gilbert Baker flag in 1978 as it was hard to source the coloured material, with the Turquoise stripe being dropped in 1979 to allow for an even numbers of colours when hung in bunting format.
Pride (Gilbert Baker)
The original Pride flag created in 1977 was inspired by Over the Rainbow from The Wizard from Oz (1939).
Hot Pink = sex, Red = life, Orange = healing, Yellow = sunlight, Green = nature, Turquoise = magic & art, Indigo = serenity, Violet = the spirit of LGBTQ people
Pride Of Africa
This is the first pan-African LGBTQ+ flag. It is inspired by the flags of all the countries in Africa.
The Progress Pride Flag evolved from the Philadelphia Pride Flag and was created by Daniel Quaser. Quasar added a white, pink, and light blue stripe to represent the Trans community. While the black and brown stripes still represented communities of color, the black stripe is also a nod the thousands of individuals that the community lost during the HIV/AIDS crisis in 1980s and 1990s
The Queer People of Color Flag rose to prominence during the Black Lives Matter Protests. The flag signifies how the struggle for racial equality and queer equality often intersect. It also honors the number of QPOC that have spent their lives fighting for both queer and racial equity.
Straight Ally Pride
The Straight Ally flag uses the black/white colours of the heterosexual flag and adds a large rainbow coloured A for Ally to indicate straight support for the Gay Pride/Equal Marriage movement.
A straight ally or heterosexual ally is a heterosexual and/or cisgender person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
Two Spirit Pride
This flag represents Indigenous Americans that identity as two-spirit individuals, meaning they fall outside of the M-F binary. The feathers represent masculine and feminine identities. The circle signifies the unification of both identities into a separate gender while the rainbow represents modern queer identities.