What is the ace flag? Pride flag's history and meaning explored

Eve Edwards June 5, 2021
What is the ace flag? Pride flag's history and meaning explored

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What is the ace flag? As Pride Month kicks off this June, people around the world are celebrating their, and their community’s, sexuality or gender expression through use of Pride flags. Let’s take a look at the history of the ace flag and what it celebrates.

What is the ace pride flag?

The original ace flag has four coloured horizontal stripes in black, grey, white, and purple.

Each of the stripes – as with most Pride flags – represents a community, sexuality, or gender identity.

These are the meanings for the ace flag: Black for Asexuality; Grey for Grey-Asexuality and Demisexuality; White for Non-asexual partners and allies; Purple for community.

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History of the ace pride flag

The idea for an ace flag is thought to have been suggested on an Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) message board, back in May 2009. It wasn’t until 2010 that two AVEN users named standup and Bristrek initiated a month-long campaign to choose a flag.

In August 2010, the winning ace flag was announced. The winning design was created by the AVEN user standup, who had spearheaded the campaign.

The thought behind the simple ace flag design was that it mirrored other Pride flags.

It went on to have an impact on the LGTBQ community as discussions about asexuality evolved. Gray-asexual and demisexual flags were also developed, both influenced by the original ace flag design. 

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What is ace sexuality? Meaning explored

Ace sexuality is asexuality – it is abbreviated as ‘ace’.

An asexual person is “someone who does not experience sexual attraction.” The definition continues, “Aces can be any sex or gender or age or ethnic background or body type, can be rich or poor, can wear any clothing style, and can be any religion or political affiliation. In short:  There is no asexual “type”.”

You can learn more about asexuality and aces, on the Ace Week campaign website.

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Eve Edwards is a staff writer for The Focus who has been with GRV Media since April 2019. Having gained a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol, Eve joined GRV starting out as a writer for Reality Titbit before making her way over to HITC. With a passion for music, TV, and cultural news, Eve eventually found a home at The Focus. Eve spent 2021-2022 freelancing for GRV Media while she completed a Masters in Music Performance, and brings her wide array of interests to the company in her written work. In Eve's spare time you'll find her working her way through the day's Wordle, Heardle, and Quordle, or struggling to complete The Guardian's cryptic crossword.