Did you know that there’s more to Pride flags than the rainbow? The history of the Pride flag dates back to 1977 when politician and activist Harvey Milk challenged his friend, Gilbert Baker, to design a flag to symbolize Pride within the gay community. He created the first rainbow flag inspired by the rainbow in The Wizard of Oz, featuring a stunning hot pink stripe.

That was just the beginning. Since then, people have used different variations of this flag to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ community. Whether you want to show your Pride for one month or all year long, you have many choices. Here is a list of the Pride flags available and what they represent.

Original Pride Flag (1978 – 1999)

This flag was sold after Harvey Milk got assassinated. It looks very much like the original one, but without the hot pink stripe. 

Modern Pride Flag (1979 – Present)

This is the most prevalent flag. It contains the colors of the rainbow and can be seen nearly everywhere during Pride Month. It’s also quite commonplace the rest of the year. 

Guide to Pride Flags

POC-Inclusive Pride Flag

In recent years, many people wanted a flag that acknowledged people of color in the LGBTQ community. That was something that hasn’t been done before. So the POC-inclusive Pride flag has a black and brown stripe at the top.

Progress Pride Flag

This contains the traditional flag as the backdrop. Then, on the left side is a pendant-like emblem with black, brown, pink, and blue stripes. These represent people of color, transgender individuals, and those who have died of AIDS.

Bisexual Flag

The bisexual flag uses a gradient or ombre effect, with pink at the top signifying same-sex attraction and blue at the bottom of the flag signifying opposite-sex affection. These colors bleed together in the middle of the flag to make purple, which represents bisexuality.

Transgender Flag

The transgender flag has five stripes. These are the traditional pink and blue stripes for boys and girls. There are two each of these stripes and then a white one. The white stripe is in the middle and represents people transitioning or who don’t identify with a particular gender.

These are just a few examples of the most popular Pride flags. Many others cover a wide range of orientations and identities. Additionally, many people choose to customize their own to represent things with special meaning to them. Elmer’s Flag & Banner is proud to help our customers celebrate Pride. Check out our collection of Pride flags, or contact us about a custom order.