The Meaning of Pride Flags

At Flags of All Nations, we're well known for producing national and custom flags. However, we also make and stock a wide range of Pride flags, and understand the significance of Pride flags as symbols of identity and inclusivity for the communities they represent.

One of the most well-known Pride flags is the Rainbow Flag, which has come to represent all identities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, including sexual and gender diverse identities. This iconic flag originated in 1978 when artists and activists in San Francisco adopted its design as a symbol of gay pride and liberation.

Just like the national flags we work with every day, each Pride flag's colours hold deep meaning and symbolism. The colours of the Rainbow Pride Flag are said to represent:

  • Red represents Life, symbolising the vibrant and resilient spirit of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Orange represents Healing, signifying the journey towards acceptance, understanding, and personal growth.
  • Yellow represents the Sun and New Ideas, symbolising optimism, positivity, and the pursuit of progress.
  • Green represents Nature and Prosperity, reflecting harmony with the environment and the LGBTQ+ community's desire for a prosperous future.
  • Blue represents Serenity, representing peace, calmness, and the need for harmony within oneself and society.
  • Violet represents Spirit/the Soul, encompassing spirituality, creativity, and the unique essence of each individual.

These colours come together to create a flag that embodies the diverse and vibrant LGBTQ+ community. It's important to understand the meaning behind Pride flags to see them as more than bright and colourful banners. They carry profound symbolism representing the past and present struggles of the LGBTQ+ community.

Over time, as the understanding of different identities has evolved, pride flags too have adapted to represent a wide range of identities. For example, the Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag, designed in 2021, includes a chevron on the hoist which adds additional meaning:

  • Brown and Black, representing People of Colour and their involvement in the LGBTQ+ community,
  • Light Blue, Pink and White, representing the Transgender community,
  • The Intersex pride flag, Yellow and Purple, representing intersex individuals.

At Flags of All Nations, we craft these important symbols to a high standard, and aim to help our customers understand their meanings. This Pride Month, it's the perfect time to learn about these flags and their significance. Pride Month is a great time to celebrate these communities and practice love and acceptance

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