A graphic designer based in Portland in the United States has designed an updated version of the iconic rainbow flag designed by artist and activist, Gilbert Baker in 1978.
Daniel Quasar, who identifies as queer and non-binary, released his design in an attempt to improve on the design which was unveiled at last year’s Pride festival in Philadelphia, which features an extra black and an extra brown stripe to represent people of colour within the LGBTQI+ communities.
Quasar’s updated design, which he has dubbed the Progress flag, has a different take on the brown and black stripes, and these are moved to the side together with the pink, blue and white of the transgender flag, designed by Monica Helms in 1999.
A Kickstarter campaign that Quasar launched earlier this year long ago reached its goal of $14,000 for the production of 500 flags, and a further $11,000 has been raised to produce enamel pins featuring the Progress flag design.
Gilbert Baker’s seminal design has seen a number of incarnations since it was initially released, thanks to Baker purposely not trademarking the design, and while many people have hailed the continuous interrogation of the symbolism in the original Pride flag design, others have said that this particular design missed the mark not due to it symbolism, but rather because of its non-adherence to flag-designing rules.
What do you think? Should the symbols of the LBGTQI+ community ceaselessly be scrutinised and improved on to be more inclusive of an ever-expanding community, or should we stick with the symbols that the community already has, instead of adding symbolism that may or may not stand the test of time?