Pride Month is almost here. I’m sure one of the first things we associate with the celebration of the LGBTQ+ community is their iconic six-color rainbow flag.
However, artist Daniel Quasar from Portland has proposed a redesign of the flag. In addition to the original colors, Daniel’s reimagined design features the colors of the trans flag, as well as black and brown stripes, “which sought to further represent the queer and trans identities of black and brown people,” according to Them. “Those two stripes also represent those living with HIV/AIDS, people who have passed from the virus and the overall stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS that remains today,” Them wrote.
On Facebook, Daniel explained that the original six stripes “should be separated from the newer stripes because of their difference in meaning, as well as to shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate.” While others were not on board with the new design, noting that skin color shouldn’t be a factor in the flag and the new one discriminates against white people, Daniel’s design has generally received positive reactions, and the Kickstarter campaign intended to fund the flag’s initial production costs has already surpassed its initial goal of $14,000.
Do you think it’s time for the Pride flag to be “more inclusive” per se, or should we just let it be? Let us know in the comments section below.