The LGBTQ+ Flag Just Got Updated And Its Generating Mixed Responses
To kick off Pride Month, Philadelphia unveiled a new look to the iconic LGBTQ+ Rainbow flag.
In recognition of Pride Month, the city of Philadelphia raised this new updated LGBTQ+ flag in front of the Philly’s City Hall. This new flag comes as part of the city’s campaign, “More Color More Pride” which is taking action toward becoming more inclusive of minorities.
The already colorful flag got new black and brown stripes to speak to minorities.
PRODUCT OF INCLUSIVITY awoke to find philadelphia, pennsylvania leading the way in inclusivity by altering their gay flag to include black and brown ribbons in an expression of acknowledgment and commemoration of minority contributions in the battle for gay rights and in the promotion of making them visible! thank you philly and amber hike! Watch “More Color More Pride” on #Vimeo https://vimeo.com/220799582. #proud #gay #thankful #philadelphia #flag #black #brown #beauty #blackisbeautiful #change #morecolormorepride #instadaily #instagood #instaholic
The original flag, which was created almost 40 years ago by Gilbert Baker, went on to become the biggest trademark for the LGBTQ+ community.
Ernest Owens, journalist and Philly resident says, “The black and brown stripes are an inclusionary way to highlight black and brown LGBTQIA members within our community,” Owens writes in Philadelphia magazine. “With all of the black and brown activism that’s worked to address racism in the Gayborhood over the past year, I think the new flag is a great step for the city to show the world that they’re working toward fully supporting all members of our community.”
The addition of the two new colors to the pride flag, not only falls during Pride Month, but also in the same week as the anniversary of the Pulse massacre.
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 58 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 1 year later, Orlando remains covered in positive messages, encouraging love and unity as it continues to heal. In what other ways has #Orlando worked to support its #LGBTQ community in the midst of this horrific act of terrorism?⠀ ⠀ #OrlandoStrong #OrlandoUnited #YouMatter #LoveWins #Pulseattack #Orlandoshooting #terrorism #hatecrime #death #murder #homicide #homophobia #massshooting #news #hope #love #unity
The shooting in Orlando, Florida, in which a lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 50. Many of those were gay minorities.
Some people are really digging the inclusivity of the two new hues.
While others don’t think it was necessary.
My point of view on this 'new' lgbtq flag : it has always been about all of us together, not a skin color! I don't get why they add this
— gagasexual ?️? (@CakeLikeElodie) June 14, 2017
The site for Philadelphia’s campaign, “More Color More Pride,” states that this expansion “may seem like a small step. But together we can make big strides toward a truly inclusive community.” Learn more here:
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