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Could New Design Quell Pride Flag Flap?

by Kilian Melloy
Saturday Aug 25, 2018

The ongoing debate over the need for an updated, more inclusive Pride flag continues with a newly proposed version that cuts the classic six-band rainbow design into diagonal halves, LGBTQ Nation reported.

The new design blends old and new, with one half retaining the familiar look while the other half shows five different color bands, oriented in a slanting direction and comprising the colors of the trans flag plus the brown and black stripes that had been proposed as additions to the original flag in order to represent LGBTQs of darker skin tones.

LGBTQ Nation reported that the design is the work of Hayley Brown and derives from a notion that Julia Feliz came up with. Feliz is a Puerto Rican activist and author the site said - a point that is relevant since an earlier proposal by graphic designer Daniel Quasar for a redesigned Pride flag was slammed as being a rip-off of the flag of Puerto Rico.

Quasar established a Kickstarter page for his flag design, and attracted media attention for his idea of a more inclusive flag.

But some seemed to feel that Quasar's idea bore too close a resemblance to the Puerto Rican Pride Flag, LGBTQ Nation reported.

The ordinary Puerto Rican flag uses the same color scheme as the American flag, featuring a blue triangular field on the left side that points into a stack of five bands that alternate in color between red and white. A single white star is placed in the blue field of the Puerto Rican flag.

The Puerto Rican version of the Pride flag adapts this design, with the blue triangular field and single white star remaining in place, while the five red and white stripes are replaced with six multicolored stripes arranged in the familiar Pride sequence of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Quasar's flag, similarly, features a triangular element on the left that points into a sequence of layered stripes. In the case of Quasar's design, a white triangle is surmounted by chevron-shaped pink, turquoise, brown, and black layers. This five-colored triangular element points into the usual six-color sequence of layered stripes, which extends across the rightward part of the flag. LGBTQ Nation reported on Quasar's design last June.

Many national flags feature a similar triangular element, LGBTQ Nation noted, but for at least one commentator the design similarity amounted to a "cultural and financial theft from the LGBTI community of Puerto Rico" and "an act of white supremacy." Such were the charges leveled by nonbinary person Amanda "AC" Baker in comments published by Gay Star news.

Julia Feliz's idea/Heyley Brown's design cuts through such design quandaries, but it remains to be seen whether this idea for a more inclusive Pride flag will be widely adopted. Meantime, Feliz and Brown have launched a Kickstarter page of their own.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


  • David Chaille, 2018-08-26 00:21:10

    The Gay pride flag is already inclusive. The variety of colors reflects this diversity.

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