Written by Emma Symonds

We celebrate LGBT+ History day ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Plus) by not only remembering the many People who stood up for the rights of LGBT+ people but by recognising the empowerment shown at Pride every year around the world

Pride is about Protest and celebration, it’s a time that the LGBT+ community unite under the Rainbow flag or chosen Banner. Did you know there are many different types of Flags with different colours and identities, much like the people who fought to have their own identity.

The Rainbow flag, the original flag is seen at events all around the world and is often seen as a collective symbol for the entire LGBT + community. But do you know what the colours stand for?

  • Red stands for Life
  • Orange stands for Healing
  • Yellow stands for Sunlight
  • Green stands for nature
  • Blue stands for Serenity
  • Purple stands for Spirit

The design has now slightly changed from the original designed by Gilbert Blake in 1977.

Gilbert, who died in 2017, felt that the flag represented something different so the hot pink added the thought of sex to the rainbow.

In an interview in 1972, Gilbert suggested that for him the pride flags where a chance for anyone to say something about themselves with the added bonus of sharing it with the whole community.

The flag changed again, as it became harder to get pink and turquoise fabrics.

In 2017, campaign group More Colour More Pride added two more stripes to the Flag. These were Black and brown. This was to signify the tangibility of Black and brown people within the LGBT +community. This flag sparked controversy, but with its huge host of supporters including Lena Waite who wore a majestic rainbow flag at the 2018 Met Gala 

In 1998 Michael Page designed the Bi sexual Pride flag to give Bisexual people a wider sense of Community and visibility

Michael decided that to him, purple was a blend of both blue and pink, which made him make the association with bisexual people often blending with gay and straight communities.

The Transgender Pride flag was then designed by Monica Helms in 1999, after meeting Michael Pain She was a US navy veteran who came out as Transgender in 1987.

Monica said that the transgender community deserved a flag too, and decided that the blue stripes where to be for men and the pink for women. With white as a central stripe as she believed it represented the non-binary community best.

Proud of the flag, she even wore it to colour guard pride parades. A strong female woman standing up for her rights to be who she is, is inspirational.

To make the pride flag more inclusive for all communities, the famous flag had a reboot in 2018.

A further five colours were added to the flag, making sure all communities where reflected.

There are so many more Flags within the LGBT+ community which just shows how beautifully diverse and engaging the community is, and if we just took a moment to think about what the people in this growing community have gone through to get where they are, we may just be more open-minded and offer a safe space for our colleagues to be themselves no matter who they are.