The Different LGBT Flags and Their Meanings
The rainbow flag
And its latest version, the inclusive rainbow flag:
Flags associated with BDSM
The leather flag
Although originally representing members of the leather subculture, the leather flag has also been embraced by the wider BDSM and fetish community.
Designed by Tony DeBlase for the International Mr. Leather celebration in Chicago in 1989, the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the symbol represents those involved in kinking including those who are heterosexual and/or cisgender .
The BDSM Flag
The latex flag
The black color of the flag represents the leather itself, while the red symbolizes the band's passion for rubber and the yellow represents their desire to play and fantasize intensely with rubber.
It dates from 1995, created Peter Tolos and Scott Moats.
The Puppy Flag
The pony flag
The Master/Slave Flag
The Master/Slave flag represents the Domination/submission dynamic within consensual slavery. The vision of this dynamic differs in the community, it is commonly accepted that it represents an even greater involvement than the submissive person. Some groups see in this relationship the total submission of the slave's will, property and body.
It was designed by Master Tallen for the Master/Slave Conference in Washington, DC, July 29, 2005
The Little Flag
The Little flag represents an adult person taking on a childlike appearance and/or behavior, from infant to adolescent in particular times.
There are different categories of Little
- Adult Baby representing babies
- Littles representing children
- Middles representing teenagers
The DDlg Flag
The DDLG (Daddy Dom, Little Girl) flag represents people in a Domination/Submission dynamic, in which one plays the role of Daddy (also called Caregiver) and the other that of 'a child. The relationship between the Daddy and the Little may or may not be sexual.
The ABDL flag
The ABDL flag (Adult Baby Diaper Lover) represents people who love age regression games and infantilization, and/or who like to wear diapers.
The Bootblacking Flag
The "Bootblack" or "Bootblacking" flag represents people who enjoy cleaning, polishing, and sometimes blackening a pair of boots, usually that of a Dominant or Master/Mistress. It's a common service in BDSM circles, especially in leather fetish communities.
Most famous flags
The transgender flag
The bisexual flag
This flag was designed by a team led by LGBT activist Michael Page in 1998.
The pansexual flag
Although pansexual people may have a sexual preference for a certain gender identity, gender is not a pull factor.
The asexual flag
This flag was created on June 30, 2010 by Asexual Visibility and Education Network user Standup.
The intersex flag
Variations can appear in chromosomes, hormones, genitals, gonads, secondary sex characteristics, or a combination of these.
Some intersex traits are identified at birth, while others may not be discovered until puberty or later in life.
Intersex people can have any gender identity, including male, female, non-binary, etc. Intersex is not an identity, but a birth characteristic.
This flag was created by Morgan Carpenter in 2013.
The lesbian flag
The lesbian flag represents a person who experiences sexual or romantic attraction to other women or between women. The term normally applies to women, but some non-binary people also identify with this term.
The original Labrys lesbian flag was created in 1999.
The first "modern" lesbian flag was designed in 2010 with the "Lipstick" lesbian flag, this flag was later modified by removing the kiss and was used more as a lesbian pride flag.
There is also the "Butch" flag
Other forms: Labrys, Lipstick and Butch
Lesser known flags
The Gay Man Flag
However, it is fair to say that most gay men prefer to use the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag which is more representative of the whole community.
The bear flag
The twink flag
The twink flag represents a subset of often bottom gay (but also some non-binary) men who challenge traditional masculinity by embracing gendered and feminine characteristics.
A twink is often depicted as a thin man, with no facial hair and often no body hair, who may or may not dress in a non-traditionally masculine manner.
The genderfluid flag
The genderfluid flag represents people whose gender identity and/or expression is fluid and can fluctuate at different times or under different circumstances.
This flag was created by JJ Poole in 2013
The aromantic flag
The aromantic flag represents people who do not experience romantic attraction or experience it in a non-traditional way
This flag was created in 2014
The half boy flag
Tumblr user Transrants designed the demiboy flag in 2015.
The Half-Girl Flag
It was designed by Tumblr user Transrants in July 2015.
The half-gender flag
The demi-gender flag comes from demi "half" + "gender", it is an umbrella term for non-binary gender identities and refers to people who only feel partially connected to a particular gender identity. The term encompasses half-boy and half-girl, as well as a variety of other half-gender identities.
The androgynous flag
The androgynous flag features three vertical stripes and was created on July 24, 2014 by Tumblr user saveferris.
The polyamory flag
Jim Evans created the first polyamorous pride flag in 1995. This flag consists of blue, red and black bars, with the Greek letter pi in the middle.
There are many explanations for the pi symbol in the middle of the flag. However, the one that is most logical and most accepted by most people is that it represents the infinite love between partners.
Like other LGBTQ+ flags, the polyamorous flag has seen many variations after various members of the community deemed the original flag undesirable, but this original flag remains the most accepted and commonly seen.
New version :
The bi-curious flag
The bicurious flag represents predominantly monosexual people who are curious or open to relationships with people of a different gender than their usual partners. They are generally seen as a state of exploring sexuality or questioning bisexuality.
It was created by Tumblr user Arco-Pluris on July 5, 2018.
The Omnisexual Flag
The Omnisexual Flag was designed by Pastelmemer on or before July 4, 2015
The polysexual flag
The Demisexual Flag
Demisexuality can be a sexual orientation in itself or be combined with other orientations.
It is not known when the demisexual flag was created or by whom.
The demi-romantic flag
Demiromanticism can be a romantic orientation on its own or combined with other orientations.
These people may be sexually attracted to strangers or other people, but romantically only to the one or those with whom they have developed a deep sentimental chemistry.
The trigender flag
Trigender is a form of multigender in which a person has three distinct gender identities. These three gender identities can be any gender, binary or non-binary, as long as there are three of them. Trigender people can experience these genders simultaneously or alternately.
The trigender flag was created by an unknown person on or before July 4, 2015.
The abrosexual flag
The flag was created by Mod Chad of pride-flags-for-us at the request of another anonymous user, it exists since July 3, 2015
The Straight Allied Flag
This flag was created in the late 2000s, but its origin is unknown.