About These Pride Flag Redesigns
My Intentions For These Redesigns
The term "Pinkwashing" comes to mind pertaining to the lack of general inclusivity that many people who do identify as Queer/Trans/Intersex (QTI) or LGBTQ+ (I refer to our community generally as QTI) feel within our community.
The general perception of the QTI narrative is generally those of white gay men, often leaving the rest of us out of the picture. When you look at movies like "Stonewall", you see mainly white men represented when, in reality, it was Black and Brown trans women and queer femmes who led the charge to fight back against the hyperpolicing that the QTI community faced around the nation during the late 60’s.
At the same time, the public at‐large viewed most HIV/AIDS patients during the 80’s and 90’s as white gay men. However, as early as the late 70’s, a young Black boy had died of HIV/AIDS and many victims of the HIV/AIDS crisis were Black and Brown, but have been mainly forgotten in the general discourse.
While this may sound like I would like to, somehow, rewrite the QTI narrative, my goal and intent for these flag redesigns (and in general) is for Black and Brown QTI people to finally have a chance to write our narratives. From James Baldwin, to Marsha P. Johnson, to Sylvia Rivera, it is inarguable that QTI people of color (QTIPOC) have made the most strides, have had to carry the most burdens (especially Black trans women), and hold the most resilience of anyone in this community. It is time to let our narratives shine and demand inclusion, true inclusion beyond two stripes on a flag.
Centering Black, Brown and Yellow (People of color)
Obviously, I know that Black, Brown and Yellow aren't sexual orientations, however, I would like to repeat my sentiments that communities of color within the QTI community seldom have chances for true representation. Shows like "Pose" on FX and movies like "Moonlight" are few and far between. Growing up with Brown skin and realizing that I was gay and queer, I felt so alone because there wasn’t anyone like myself on the media, in public office, or being well‐represented as dynamic characters rather than stereotypes.
Inclusion and diversity are more than just blanket terms to justify quotas, real inclusion and diversity is about acceptance, true acceptance of the different cultures and subcultures within any community. The QTI community predominantly accepts white culture as the norm and the standard and, when you don't fit those norms and standards, it takes a toll on your mental health and your sense of belonging. When you don’t see yourself as being like those who you are supposed to be like, the isolation lead you to failing health, and this is exactly why Black and Brown QTI people are more likely to commit suicide and have depression and anxiety, due to these intersecting identities and society's failure to accept us for who we are.
However, this Pride flag redesign is about more than just inclusion and diversity and making Black, Brown and Yellow QTI individuals feel welcome in our own communities, it's about preservation and the strength and endurance that we have. Our rich history of leading strikes and rebellions, and doing absolutely everything we could to fight and survive, even when our own racist, homophobic or transphobic communities push many of us to lose our own lives.
This Pride flag redesign is about honoring the Black, Brown and Yellow QTI friends and family that we have lost, who are struggling, and/or who have made tremendous strides in improving the social discourse so that all of us can, day‐by‐day, feel true freedom.
The Issue of Inclusivity
I also understand it is politically difficult to make generalizations like the best way to include and embrace every QTI community in the pursuit of creating a Pride flag to unite us all. Because of this, I decided to utilize existing colors from an array of QTI communities (e.g. rainbow pride flag, bi-pride flag, trans-pride flag) and utilize them to truly make a united flag design that does, as much as possible, represent all members of the QTI/LGBTQ+ community.
However, I know that there will be hardliners who will state that "The rainbow ALREADY represents EVERYONE!" To that I state: not everyone feels represented by the rainbow, nor is everyone accepted by the rainbow exclusively. The rainbow has been popularized as a political tool for queer liberation, but we have left so many behind in this pursuit, including trans and intersex friends and family. Not only that, but this pursuit has left out so many of us because of racism and white supremacy creeping in to the queer mentality for the sake of respectability. The rainbow is such an important symbol but, unfortunately, not everyone who identifies as QTI feels that it truly represents us all. This is not about identity politics, this is about real inclusion, and not just the "progressive" mentality of "all‐for‐one" without "one‐for‐all".
QTI Power Pride Flag
Since the basis of this original design is not my own, I am not comfortable with the promotion or use of this flag by commercial means. However, feel free to share this design with friends, family and for personal use.
Businesses with over 10 employees and non-Queer/Trans/Intersex-owned businesses not directly in contact with the creator(s) of these designs may not directly profit from the use of any of these flags. For-profit use of this flag by business with more than 10 employees and all non-queer/trans/intersex-owned businesses (not already in touch with Chris Fornesa or other creators mandates the donation of 100% of profits to QTI or LGBTQ+ specific organizations of the seller's choice.
Businesses with 10 or less employees may profit from these designs, so long as only minimal to no changes are made. However, 25% of proceeds MUST be donated to a QTI/LGBTQ+ liberation non-profit organization of the seller's choice.
Queer/Trans/Intersex-owned businesses with less than 10 employees (either by at least a 50% majority/plurality stake or sole proprietorship) may use, edit, and profit from these Pride flag designs. However, please consider donating to organizations that fight for QTI/LGBTQ+ liberation.
Individuals who would like to profit from the sales and minimal editing of these designs must pledge 15% of proceeds to a QTI/LGBTQ+ organization of their choice.
However, QTI/LGBTQ+ individuals may profit from and edit these designs.
Attribution is only required for organizations that are not owned by QTI/LGBTQ+ individuals OR for non‐QTI/LGBTQ+ individuals who wish to sell these designs and their derivatives.
However, please attribute for the sake of courtesy.