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What is the Gay men pride flag and what does it mean?

Gay men pride flag

The (cis, white) gay man has always been at the centre of pride movements, but as people opened their minds to include all LGBTQ+ identities in the movement, the rainbow flag increasingly solidified its position as one that represents the entire LGBTQ+ community. 

Over time, demand grew for a flag that specifically represents gay men. This 5-coloured (and sometimes 7-coloured) gay men pride flag was designed in 2019 by Tumblr user @gayflagblog, but it wasn’t without controversy. 

Accusations that the creator of the flag is transphobic, and that the design was stolen from the sunset lesbian flag, were rampant. However, those claims have since been debunked, and the flag became increasingly accepted within the community. 

Meaning behind the colours

  • Turquoise to green colours represent community, healing, and joy 
  • White represents gender nonconforming, non-binary, and transgender folks 
  • Blue to purple colours represent pure love, fortitude, and diversity 

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