Not too long ago, we had a look at some basic LGBTQI+ symbols. Chances are, you’ve probably seen many of these at Pride festivals and in other gay-friendly spaces.
There are a great many other LGBTQI+ symbols that are not quite as well known as the Pride flag, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t equally important.
Here are some lesser-known LGBTQI+ symbols.
Adopted from matriarchal societies, the labrys is an axe that symbolises the strength and courage of lesbians and other women that love women.
The Intersex Pride flag
The “I” in LGBTQI+ refers to people who are intersex, meaning that they were born with congenital differences in physical sex characteristics. The intersex Pride flag was designed by the Organisation Intersex International Australia, which is an affiliate of a group of global intersex organisations, in 2013. According to the organisation’s website, “The circle is unbroken and unornamented, symbolizing wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolizes the right to be who and how we want to be”. It features what are considered to be the “hermaphrodite” colours, yellow and purple.
The Genderqueer and Non-Binary Pride flag
The Genderqueer Pride flag was designed by Marilyn Roxie in 2010. According to Roxie, the lavender stripe represents androgynes and androgyny, the white stripe represents gender neutrality, and green represents identities defined outside of and without reference to the gender binary (i.e., male and female).
The Asexual Pride flag
The Asexual Visibility and Education Network invited members of its community to design a flag for people that do not experience sexual attraction in 2010. In the winning design, the black stripe represents asexuality, the white stripe represents sexuality, the grey stripe represents the area between the asexual and the sexual and the purple stripe represents community.
The Pansexual Pride flag
Pansexuality is an attraction towards people of all biological sexes and gender identities. In the Pansexual Pride flag, the pink stripe represents people who identify as female, the blue stripe represents people who identify as male, while the yellow stripe in the middle represents those who don’t identify with any gender, with both genders, or with a third gender, such as genderqueer.