Is there a questioning flag? What does the Q in LGBTQ+ mean?

Amber Peake June 2, 2021
Is there a questioning flag? What does the Q in LGBTQ+ mean?

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Is there a questioning flag? As Pride Month 2021 begins, many may be looking to celebrate the month with a Pride flag that reflects them. We take a look at if there is a questioning flag and what the Q in LGBTQ+ stands for.

Is there a questioning flag? 

You may be familiar with the rainbow Pride flag, which was created by gay rights activist Gilbert Baker in 1978. Since the 1970s, many different flags have been created that encompass the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community.

While there are now many different Pride flags, it seems there isn’t an official questioning Pride flag. However, many have previously shared possible designs of how a flag like that could look.

Some possible flag ideas over the years featured many different colour palettes, but all share the use of a question mark within their design.

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What does the Q in LGBTQ+ mean?

LGBTQ+ is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, with the plus sign referring to the many different sexualities and gender identities featured within the community.

While many may see the Q to represent queer, it can also take on the meaning of questioning. Questioning can refer to those who are unsure of their sexuality or gender identity.

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Amber is a freelance writer on The Focus who mainly covers anything celeb, music, and entertainment related. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Brunel University in 2020, she has spent the last two years reporting the latest celeb news and pop culture trends across leading and national publishers. Starting her career at Express.co.uk as a showbiz reporter, Amber began contributing on The Focus in 2021. As well as her work on the site, she has also written across other GRV Media publications, including both Reality Titbit and HITC. When she's not scrolling endlessly on TikTok, you'll find Amber wrapped up in yet another DIY crafting project.