The History & Meaning Behind The Pride Flag

by Tricksy Tania August 02, 2019 3 min read

In many countries around the world, the month of June is dedicated as pride month. Pride month is similar in meaning to February being black history month and November is Native American month.

During June, or Pride month, we acknowledge the LGBTQ+ community. This means that we learn more about the LGBTQ+ community such as their past, their important people, what it means to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community, their hardships, their contributions to society and more.

What Does the Pride Flag Stand For?

Just as a side note, for anyone who doesn’t know what LGBTQ+ stands for, here’s what it is. This acronym stands for the separate groups within the gay community which is lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transexuals, queer and the + symbol standing for the numerous other groups for no one to be left out such as asexual, pansexual, 2 spirited and more.

Pride month is supposed to be a celebration of your sexual identity and thus, this month is supposed to allow everyone to be proud of who they are. I’m sure you are aware of this, however, as multiple parties, parades and other festivities are cram-packed during June.

The Pride Flag

Pride month is supposed to allow everyone to show off their true colors. Speaking of this, one well-known symbol of pride month, as well as the LGBTQ+ community, is the rainbow flag. This flag is flown on every street corner in my town during June and many people all over the world recognize this flag and associate it with the LGBTQ+ community. Here’s a quick history on the Pride flag.

What Does the Pride Flag Look Like?
Pride Flag

The pride flag is usually a rectangular shaped flag that has the colors of the rainbow displayed horizontally on it. The colors are usually red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. However, sometimes the pride flag includes more elaborate colors in addition to the standard ones such as indigo, black, white, pink and so on. Also, sometimes this flag comes in shape variations like triangles and squares.


What Does it Stand For?

Pride Flag

The pride flags colors stand for the different themes that exist in the LGBTQ+ community. Red stands for life, orange stands for healing, yellow stands for sex, green stands for nature, blue stands for art and peace and purple stands for spirit. The flag is meant to be a symbol of pride in the LGBTQ+ community as well as a positive image for identification.


What is the Pride Flag's History?

Pride Flag
The pride flag has a very interesting backstory. The story begins in the 1970s where two friends named Gilbert Baker and Harvey Milk combined their love of sewing and designing with their pride in their sexuality to create a fun symbol of the gay community that they were a part of in their home state of Kansas.

They chose to have a rainbow flag as they were both a fan of Judy Garland who played Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” film where rainbows play an important role. From here, various gay communities around the world eventually adopted this symbol into their communities and thus the pride flag has become the universal symbol for the LGBTQ+ organization.

Where Can I Buy a Pride Flag?

Here at FlagsRUs, we have a number of different pride flags that you can proudly display in your backyard or on your front porch! Check out some of our best selling pride flags below!

Pride Rainbow Grommeted Flag (3' X 5')

Pride Rainbow Grommeted Flag

Show your support to LGBTQ community with this bright rainbow design. Toland Grommeted Flags come with a reinforced header at the top and two brass grommets to keep the flags flying for a long time. These Toland Flags are made from fade and mildew resistant polyester. Made of 100% polyester, the flag is light weight and will nicely sway in the wind to decorate your yard. Grommeted flags can be hung from an upright or mounted flag pole. Learn more about the Pride Rainbow Grommeted Flag!

Pride Garden Flag (12.5' X 18)

Pride Garden Flag

Love, Peace, Respect is the message of this Pride rainbow design. Learn more about the Pride Garden Flag!

Patriotic Pride House Flag (28' X 40')

Patriotic Pride House Flag

A very colorful design to show patriotic pride in a unique way! Shows stripes of bright colors and a patch of white stars in a blue background! Learn more about the Patriotic Pride House Flag!

Rainbow Pride Garden Flag (12.5' X 18')

Rainbow Pride Garden Flag

Features Rainbow Pride design with lot of colors! Learn more about the Rainbow Pride Garden Flag!


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