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The Pride Flag That Looks Like a Watermelon
As part of their global recognition of the LGBTQ+ community, the rainbow pride flag has become an international symbol. However, the LGBTQ+ community does not exclusively identify with rainbow colours – there are other flags which represent them too! One such flag, in the shape of a watermeon, has gained widespread traction as an icon representing nonbinary people and Pride events. The watermeon-shaped pride flag can often be seen online and carried at Pride events; additionally it even has its own successful merch campaign! Importantly, this flag design was not recently introduced; rather it first debuted as an initiative of a Philadelphia PR agency in 2017. Daniel Quasar of that Philadelphia agency devised it in order to recognize people of color within the LGBTQ+ community and show our respect. The inclusion of black and brown stripes reflects a lack of representation that existed in previous versions of LGBTQ pride flags. After Lena Waithe wore it as her cape at the 2018 Met Gala, its popularity signified an increasing need to include more colors within LGBTQ+ community diversity.
Mod Chad of flags-for-us designed the Abrosexual Flag to represent those attracted to both men and women, showing that anyone’s sexuality can change over time – be it hours or years until an Abrosexual individual will identify with another sexual orientation.
The Gay Men’s Pride Flag
This flag was designed by a member of Tumblr community to represent people attracted to men as well as other genders and identities, frequently used by members of LGBTQ+ communities. It features blue, pink and purple stripes which stand for attraction to women (blue), men (pink) and intersection between masculinity and femininity (purple).
Transrants of Tumblr designed the Demiboy Flag in 2015 to symbolize those who experience sexual attraction based on relationships and emotional bonds with someone. It consists of four horizontal stripes of color–black for asexuality; gray and purple indicating sexual attraction due to relationships and emotional attachment; white standing for gray area between sexuality and asexuality and purple standing for connection/community.
Starbucks has come under scrutiny for banning the Pride flag that looks like a watermeon, yet this decision seems out of step with their past policies regarding LGBTQIA+ issues. They have supported Pride events and extended health insurance benefits for same-sex partnerships; transgender individuals were even covered for gender affirming surgeries! Regardless, their Pride Flag remains widely used by members of LGBTQIA+ communities whether for supporting the gay rights movement or simply as an aesthetic statement; its symbolism has become iconic.