Since its conception in 1978, the pride flag has been a recognized influence across the globe. Over the years, as the LGBTQ+ movement progresses and reaches more milestones, it has been adapted to include more people into the community who do not identify as cisgender or heteronormative. The most recent adaption has been revealed to include intersex people.
To mark Pride month coming forth this June, the rainbow flag has seen an update to ensure inclusivity remains at the heart of the LGBTQ+ movement.
The new design uses yellow and purple to incorporate intersex people into the movement. The design was led by Valentino Vecchietti.
"Happy Pride 2021! For our Intersex Inclusion Campaign we'd like to share with you our new intersex-inclusive Pride Progress flag," an Instagram post read.
"Please know that our intention for this flag is to create intersex inclusion because we need to see it. " the social media statement continued.
The original rainbow flag, created in 1978, was a symbol of hope and inclusion for queer people, but Gilbert Baker, a driving force behind the flag, also advocated for its evolution over the years as the LGBTQ+ community grew and identities emerged.
The first rainbow flags by Baker debuted at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in 1978, where San Francisco City Supervisor and LGBTQ+ rights activist Harvey Milk passed under them as they flew high above the parade route.
The original 6 colors in the flag have their own meanings: red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), blue (serenity), and indigo (spirit).
In 2017, Amber Hikes redesigned the flag to include a black and a brown stripe to be sure that folks within the Black and POC community knew they were included in the flag's message.
Im not gonna use this one much cause its ugly, but I appreciate the effort and inclusion is good— Neanderthal says trans rights 🔆 🇿🇼 (@HancockGamin) June 10, 2021
When the black and brown stripes were added in 2018, they were to include 'Inclusivity' and 'Diversity' respectively.
The following year, the stripes of the transgender flag were incorporated into the modern Pride flag by designer Daniel Quasar.
Now, In 2021, designer Valentino Vecchietti has reimagined the flag to also include and acknowledge intersex people.
Intersexuality, according to Planned Parenthood, is when "a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't fit the boxes of "female" or "male".
It is natural and not considered to require medical treatment. It is thought that between one to two percent of Americans are believed to be intersex.
The new flag is built from previous reincarnations, as it was intended, to incorporate more people as the community grew.
The new addition is a yellow section completed with a purple circle. It was devised by Morgan Carpenter, who works at Intersex Human Rights Australia.
"This is one attempt to create something that is not derivative, but yet is firmly grounded in meaning. The color yellow has long been regarded as an intersex color, neither blue nor pink. Purple, too, has been used for the same purpose," the group's website states.
Pride Month takes place every June, and intends to celebrate the progress, love, and community within the LGBTQ+ people.
It dates back to the Stonewall uprising in 1969, a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community, in response to police raids within the Stonewall Inn in New York. In the early morning of June 28, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn and surrounding lesbian and gay bars fought back when the police became violent. These riots are widely considered one of the most important events which lead to the gay liberation movement.
In 1970, the first Pride parade was held to commemorate the Stonewall riots and has been held annually for the last 50 years. The New York Pride festival had up to 5,000 people joining in 1970, compared to the most recent at 150,000 which is the biggest so far.