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Sexual Orientation Flags
Last modified: 2022-04-30 by randy young
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image by Tomislav Todorović, 5 July 2015
Plain pink flag is a relatively new symbol of [LGBT] sexual orientation. Its introduction may have been inspired, on one hand, by the use of pink triangle, as a stand-alone emblem and as the flag charge, and on the other hand, by the re-introduction of the original eight-striped rainbow flag, which includes a pink stripe. The flag was used in Columbus, Ohio, at the Columbus Pride 2009, with the photos available here,
here and here, and again at the Columbus Pride 2012, as shown and here. The flag was used again at the San Diego Pride 2014, as shown here and
here. Outside the USA, the flag was seen at the Stockholm Pride Parade 2014, with the photos available here and
here. As the above sources reveal, the flag ratio and color shade may vary.
Tomislav Todorović, 5 July 2015
While still being rarely used in comparison with other LGBT flags, the pink flag is gradually spreading worldwide. In 2017, it was seen in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Taiwan Pride Parade; the photo from the event can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/purity/24167119108/.
In 2018, it was used in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, at the first-ever Pride Parade in the country, as reported at https://newsday.co.tt/2018/07/28/we-are-part-of-tt/, with another photo available at https://newsday.co.tt/2018/08/05/the-road-to-tragarete-road/attachment/2591614/.
All these sources further add to the variety of ratios and color shades seen in the flag.
Tomislav Todorović, 17 April 2022
image found by Tomislav Todorović, 23 April 2022
Source: Wikimedia Commonshttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Smiley.svg
The flag may be charged with a smiley, which was probably inspired by the appearance of the same symbol upon the Rainbow Flag.
Flags charged with a very large smiley in yellow and black were seen at the London Pride Parade on 25 June 2016. The photos from the event are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxsglove/32219484682/ and at https://www.flickr.com/photos/donblandford/28060362363/.
Later the same year, on 6 August, a flag was seen at the Brighton Pride. The photo is available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brighton_dome_(28819694496).jpg.
Although incompletely visible, this flag reveals enough details of the smiley to conclude that the design was the same as used earlier in London.
Tomislav Todorović, 23 April 2022
image by Tomislav Todorović, 26 May 2013
This flag was seen at London Pride Parade on 2010-07-03. Until its use in Israel is verified, it shall be considered Jewish, and not Israeli, gay pride flag, although it is derived from the flag of Israel. On this flag, blue stripes and Shield of David are repainted into into pink. Its photos can be seen here and
Tomislav Todorović, 26 May 2013
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