Just curious, what's the difference between the rainbow flag and the one with the black and brown stripes on top?
This is the Philly pride flag, meant to be an inclusionary way to represent black and brown people in the LGBTQIA+ community, since there’s a huge history of racism in the community even though LGBTQIA+ POC are more likely to face violence because of the intersection of those facets of their identity, especially black trans women
This is the version you know, which is a simplification of this flag from 1979 due to the fact that lampposts in San Francisco’s Market Street would obscure the middle stripe:
Which, in turn, is a simplification of this flag, because of the unavailability of pink fabric:
The colors of which had these meanings:
And was made to represent the entire community, not just gay men as is commonly believed.
Tldr bc whoops this turned into a short history lesson: the difference is basically the Philly flag is an effort to reaffirm the community’s commitment to combatting racism in our community and offering support to LGBTQIA+ POC while the rainbow flag is meant as a symbol for the community as a whole
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