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Last modified: 2019-09-10 by randy young
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About a flag for heterosexuals

I believe the reason for non-existence of a flag for heterosexuals is the same that explains the general absence of specific symbology for any majority, either ethnic, social, etc.
António Martins, 4 February 2001

Black and white striped flag

Black and white striped hetero flag
image by António Martins, 30 March 2005

I have seen a proposed flag for heterosexuals. I believe the design was six horizontal stripes, N-W-N-W-N-W. The obvious reference is to the Rainbow Flag, essentially removed of its color.
Steve Kramer, 5 February 2001

I did see that design suggested at one point, but for the life of me, I can't find it now. It was, essentially, suggested by political conservatives who were generally opposed to the symbolism of a flag for a sexual orientation anyway; a quick online search indicates that many conservatives have rhetorically suggested such a symbol many times since, indicating that perhaps that is its main value.
Steve Kramer, 1 April 2005

Seems more like an anti-gay flag, or at least for sexual conservatism.
António Martins, 30 March 2005

I don't see it as either. I see the symbolism as more the yin and the yang of male and female, represented by the two most basic colours, coming together on the flag.
David Kendall, 31 March 2005

We could call it "the binarism flag." In a larger sense, since the Rainbow Flag stands generically for diversity in addition to symbolizing gay identity, this could be viewed as a complementary uniformity flag.
Eugene Ipavec, 31 March 2005

But in that case it would not be a real "heterosexual pride" flag, rather a "heterosexual supremacy" flag (it is difficult to separate these issues, especially when a majority is envolved, but it is possible), or even a flag against sexual orientation diversity.
António Martins, 3 April 2005

Straight pride flag

[Hetero pride flag]
image by Tomislav Todorović, 26 May 2015

An interesting "reaction" flag has resulted from the Gay Rights/Equal Marriage Movements of the early 2000s. The is called the Straight Pride Flag. It mimics the striped Gay Pride Rainbow by changing the rainbow colors into neutral shades of black, grey and white.
Pete Loeser, text from Historical Flags of Our Ancestors, 26 May 2015



[2019 Straight Pride flag]
image by Randy Young, 2 September 2019

A "Straight Pride" parade was held today, Saturday, 31 August 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Reactions to it were mixed but the sponsors, John Hugo and Samson Racioppi, unveiled their "Straight Pride" flag a few days before. The flag is rectangular, divided from upper hoist to lower fly, blue at the hoist and pink in the fly. Superimposed are a male and a female biological symbol intertwined, each in yellow with a black border. You can read The Boston Globe's article about the local reaction regarding the event and the organizers at https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/marijuana/2019/08/29/ignore-straight-pride-parade-fight-lgbtq-community-divided-over-how-respond/6DJxfIdOgM2puKqVL896dK/story.html. Apparently the event did not go so well, according to The Boston Globe: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/08/31/counterprotesters-rally-across-city-from-straight-pride-parade-starting-point/qFStqXFPcWoOWAaxkDyDfI/story.html.
Dave Martucci, 31 August 2019

An image well executed, as usual, still there are some details which should be corrected:
  • most importantly, in the female sign, all four arms of the cross should have equal length;
  • also, black fimbriations of two signs should be wider; that should be corrected, though, so as not to reduce the width of yellow strokes, which is OK as it is now.

  • Other photos of this flag, displaying the above details better, can be found here: https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/08/counter-protesters-setup-bail-fund-to-prep-for-arrests-at-boston-straight-pride-parade-saturday.html and https://me.me/i/when-your-straight-pride-flag-looks-more-gay-than-the-7add9d46d3ce43a9936f04c41f30e019.

    In the meantime, a variant of this flag with omitted black fimbriations of two signs, thus effectively conjoined into a single shape, is offered for sale here: http://dixiegiftshop.com/product_info.php?products_id=263. Also note that the relative position of the signs is somewhat changed there.
    Tomislav Todorović, 2 September 2019



    During this march, in this video one can see other flags that were spotted as well, such as:
  • Blue and Pink flag (0:24 onwards) (the flag in question)
  • "Gadsden flag" (0:26 onwards)
  • Israel (0:30 onwards)
  • "Thin Green Line Flag" (0:34 onwards)

  • Also a transgender flag is spotted as well in support of the march, as seen here: https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/09/1862/1048/Straight-Pride-1.jpg?ve=1&tl=1.1

    Additionally, an adapted "U.S. version" of the Iron Front flag, is seen here (with a blue background, a red disc encircled in white outline with three white diagonal arrows pointing downward).2
    Esteban Rivera, 2 September 2019
    Sources:
    1: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/straight-pride-parade-boston
    2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-of5cIFLDyM, pause video at 1:29




    [2019 Straight Pride flag]
    image retrieved by Esteban Rivera, 2 September 2019 1

    Also, here's a graphic of the flag in its original design and resolution. It differs from the one just sent by Randy in the location of the diagonal line/stripe that divides the two colors, and also the pink color used by Randy is a little brighter than the actual flag, which is darker, sort of like magenta, but that can be a light effect by the original picture itself since the flag description states it is pink indeed.2

    We have labeled the flag as "straight pride" but perhaps the right label would be "Blue and Pink flag" for the moment, as they mention on their official website.2

    The advocacy group that promoted this "Straight pride" parade/march (as opposed to a "Gay pride" parade/march), and in fact an event scheduled during "Pride week" called "Super Happy Fun America," "advocates on behalf of the straight community in order to foster respect and awareness with people from all walks of life." 2

    The flag is explained as follows: "The Blue and Pink flag, which has represented our community for over 0.6 years, is integral to our movement". They even intended to fly the flag at the end of the parade, as this statement shows: "The flag raising ceremony will take place immediately following the parade. The Blue and Pink flag will be raised over Boston City Hall. This will be followed by speeches and outreach to the community. We invite Mayor Martin J. Walsh to participate and express the city’s support for the straight community". However, that request has been denied, as follows: "Unfortunately, the City of Boston has discriminated against our sexual orientation by denying us the opportunity to raise the flag at City Hall. We will continue to fight for equality until the Walsh administration embraces our community and a more progressive vision of the future." 2

    Further information can be found here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXZgABNdftA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyKSQsfV8m4
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/straight-pride-parade-boston
    https://twitter.com/ksullivannews/status/1167833496385183744
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/08/31/bostons-straight-pride-parade-here-after-months-debate/2167020001/
    https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2019/08/31/photos-straight-pride-parade-boston
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/01/boston-straight-pride-parade-arrests
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu9eteL0xXg

    For additional information go to Super Happy Fun America (official website).
    Esteban Rivera, 2 September 2019
    Sources:
    1: https://i2.wp.com/www.superhappyfunamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FlagV2.jpg?resize=768%2C461&ssl=1
    2: https://www.superhappyfunamerica.com/


    Straight Ally Flag

    [Straight Ally flag]
    image by Tomislav Todorović, 26 May 2015

    A second flag is the Straight Ally flag and is less ambivalent. Using the black-white "colors" of the heterosexual flag as a field, it adds a large rainbow colored "A" (for "Ally") to indicate straight support for the Gay Pride/Equal Marriage movement.
    Pete Loeser, Text from Historical Flags of Our Ancestors, 26 May 2015

    Pro-heterosexual protest flags in Russia

    Russian pro-heterosexual flag
    image by Pete Loeser and Tomislav Todorović, 29 July 2015

    Three variants of a heterosexual flag developed by the political party United Russia can be seen here and here.
    Francisco Gregoric, 27 July 2015

    Similar flags have been used in France during the protests against the same-sex marriage legalization.
    Tomislav Todorović, 28 July 2015

    The inscription reads "Настоящая Семья," which means "The Real Family."
    Zoltan Horvath, 28 July 2015

    The flags were presented 8 July 2015 in Sokolniki Park in Moscow. There were several coloured variants:
    • crimson with white inscriptions
      Russian pro-heterosexual flag
      image by Pete Loeser and Tomislav Todorović, 29 July 2015
    • white with crimson inscriptions
      Russian pro-heterosexual flag
      image by Pete Loeser and Tomislav Todorović, 30 July 2015
    • blue with white inscriptions
    • light green with white inscriptions
      Russian pro-heterosexual flag
      image by Pete Loeser and Tomislav Todorović, 30 July 2015
    Victor Lomantsov, 28 July 2015

    These flags were indeed designed and widely used by the movement "La Manif Pour Tous," established in 2012 as a collective of associations and registered in 2015 as a political party. The flags are still in use. I should prepare a more detailed report on this one of these days.
    Ivan Sache, 28 July 2015

    Here are some pictures (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Invalides_26_mai_2013_d.jpg) and albums (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:La_Manif_pour_Tous) as well: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Manif_pour_tous. Its official website is: http://www.lamanifpourtous.fr/.
    Esteban Rivera, 28 July 2015


     
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