A bingo card to take to a pride event, full of flags you might spot!
I’ve put together a pack of pride flag emojis for Pride month and beyond. These images were designed with Slack in mind (because Slack’s selections of pride flags is extremely limited), but it’s likely that they’ll work in Discord or other similar services that allow custom emoji uploads around 100px wide.
Now start a Party Parrot Pride Parade in #random!
(Also, I used this bulk uploader extension to upload all the flags in one go, if you want them all and don’t want to spend an hour tediously adding each one…)
Here’s what you get in the pack:
Aromantic Flag / Aro Flag
Bisexual Flag / Bi Flag
Demisexual Flag / Demi Flag
Gray-Asexual Flag / Gray-A Flag
Lesbian Flag (*)
More Colors More Pride Rainbow Flag
Non-Binary Flag / NB Flag
Pansexual Flag / Pan Flag
Polyamory Flag / Poly Flag
Transgender Flag / Trans Flag
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
I also have vertical/hanging variants of the flags, as well as jumbo and micro versions!
Jumbo Size (1000px)
Jumbo Vertical/Hanging (1000px)
Micro Flags (20px)
(Note: The poly flag is missing from this set because the pi symbol really did not want to cooperate at this size… It ended up in the blue stripe for some reason. Sorry!)
This is the Asexuality Flag.
The need for a flag was driven primarily by the desire to have a symbol that belongs to all of us, something that we could use to identify as ace and represent asexuality with that was not tied to a specific group. Prior to its adoption, people would use things like the AVEN triangle or a half-filled heart, but those had problems which prevented their wider adoption. The AVEN triangle is, well, the AVEN triangle. It’s the logo of a single website that not every asexual person is affiliated with. The half-filled heart implies romance, which meant that many aromantics were uncomfortable using it.
In the Summer of 2010, a number of asexuality sites, led by users on AVEN, came up with a number of designs for an asexuality flag, then held a multi-stage vote to determine the winner.
The selected design was created by AVEN user standup, and first posted at 4:36 PM on June 30th, 2010.
Some of the other designs included hearts and spades and triangles and all manner of other symbols. Some of the designs looked like country flags. In the end, the simple, four-bar design was chosen. This design avoids the unwanted connotations that specific symbols like a triangle or heart might have, it avoids any hint of national affiliation, and perhaps most importantly, it fits in with the striped designs of most other GSM pride flags.
(Plus, it’s really easy to draw.)
The four colors all have meanings:
- Black: Asexuality.
- Grey: Grey-Asexuality and Demisexuality.
- White: Non-asexual partners and allies.
- Purple: Community.
Since the flag was selected in 2010, its use has exploded. You can get buttons and bumper stickers and clothes with the flag on it. It’s been seen at pride parades around the world, and some flag makers now offer it for sale. Many asexuality related websites or blogs now incorporate the flag into their design. And, of course, people have even made ace flag cakes. Additionally, the black-grey-white-purple color scheme has been adopted by many aces as a way of indicating their asexuality. I’ve seen ace shirts, ace nail polish, ace friendship bracelets, ace headbands, and ace scarves. Even the logo of this site incorporates these four colors.
For more information:
You can trace the progression of designs and the voting process through these threads over at AVEN:
Here’s some shots of the flag in the wild: