Progress Pride flag meaning explored: What do the colours mean?

Olivia Olphin June 1, 2021
Progress Pride flag meaning explored: What do the colours mean?
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Today is the first day of Pride Month 2021! We can’t wait to start celebrating with the LGBTQ+ community all over the world. However, many people are confused about certain Pride flags. Why are there so many? What do the colours represent? We take a closer look at the meaning behind the Progress Pride flag. Happy Pride everyone!

What does the Progress Pride flag mean?

The Progress Pride flag was designed by Daniel Quasar who adapted the original Pride flag of the rainbow. This original rainbow represents all people under the umbrella of the LGBTQ+ community.

This new Pride flag was designed in 2018 and has become a universal symbol for the modern queer community.

Quasar added five arrow-shaped lines that come across the original six-line rainbow. This new Progress Pride flag is meant to represent diversity and inclusion within the LGBTQ+ community.

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The black and brown lines represent marginalised BAME voices, and people of colour within the queer community, while the pink, blue and white arrow shape represents the transgender community. The mixture of blue, pink and white also make up the Transgender Pride Flag.

This flag was a concerted move towards a more tolerant and intersectional LGBTQ+ community.

The flag was influenced by a design by the city of Philadelphia in June 2017. The city added a black and brown stripe at the top of the rainbow to represent people of colour in the LGBTQ+ community.

Who is the designer Daniel Quasar?

Daniel Quasar is an artist and designer based in Portland. He owns his own design and graphics company, Quasar Digital, and graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

The Progress Pride flag has now become a Progress Initiative, which seeks to “provide funding to organisations and charities that directly affect the lives of trans people of colour, and some of the most marginalised individuals within our community”.

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Happy Pride Month everyone!

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Olivia Olphin is a freelance writer at GRV Media. She graduated with a first in English Literature from UCL and with a distinction from the Broadcast Journalism MA at City University. She has three years of freelance journalism experience and during this time she has worked for companies such as Eurosport and Times Radio. Her particular areas of expertise include film, theatre, and TV; she will most likely be found bingeing the newest fantasy or Marvel series! Olivia has many years of reviewing experience, working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.