While most of us are aware of the iconic rainbow flag, there are many more LGBTQ pride flags that symbolize the diverse sex, sexuality, attraction, and gender identities within our beautiful queer community.
Even while most LGBT people continue to identify with the LGBT rainbow flag, many also want to fly their own flag alongside it.
You can imagine like the rainbow flag is like the national flag: everybody’s underneath that. But each group, like each state, has their own individual flag. Because, you know, representation is fundamental!
The Straight Ally Pride Flag is one such flag, which you may have seen flying at any number of pride celebrations throughout the world, from Cordoba to Taipei to Melbourne…or anywhere in between!
A straight ally is a cisgender or heterosexual person who recognizes the discrimination faced by the LGBTQ community due to their gender identity, expression, or sexual orientation. They are not themselves part of the queer rainbow family but support LGBTQ+ causes and fight for a more inclusive world.
Sadly, it isn’t known who made or designed the straight ally flag. However, what is known about it is that it was first used in the 2000s. The straight ally flag was created by combining the LGBTQ pride flag and the straight flag.
The straight ally flag doesn’t have the original LGBTQ pride flag colors made by Baker. This flag only uses the more modern six-colored flag without pink and turquoise. The straight ally flag represents unity and support towards the LGBTQ community.
Here’s what the straight ally flag means:
- The letter ‘A’ means ally.
- The black and white stripes represent the straight flag.
- The rainbow colors in the letter ‘A’ are for the LGBT community.
Keep in mind that bearing this flag is not a trend. It comes with an understanding of the challenges that LGBTQ people face and knowing that you’re responsible for doing something about them.
In addition, just because there’s a straight ally flag doesn’t mean that brandishing the flag is a requirement for supporting the LGBTQ community. As a true ally, you will give your support in many different ways.