The LGBTQ+ community is bitterly divided over the “Progress Flag” that incorporates a number of new colors for other factions with some caustically describing it as “ugly,” “dumb,” and a ” monstrosity.”
The flag is incrementally replacing the traditional “Rainbow Pride” flag incorporating red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet colors that are displayed along six horizontal bars.
Created in 2018 by non-binary Portland Oregon artist Daniel Quasar, the “Progress Flag” added a section of new colors including black, brown, pink, light blue, and white in the shape of a triangle that overlaps the original design of the “Pride” flag.
The black and brown bars represent the “marginalized LBGT communities of color, community members lost to HIV/AIDS, and those currently living with AIDS,” according to an info page from Northwestern University’s office of equity.
The white, pink, and light blue stripes are representative of the transgender community.
While the rainbow Pride flag has been waving since the late 1970s, you may have noticed a new flag in the past few years. This is the Progress Flag, designed by @danielquasar pic.twitter.com/ctbXXmJ7Lm
— Canadian Museum for Human Rights (@CMHR_News) June 15, 2022
“It’s an aesthetic and design monstrosity that no gay man should approve of. It’s a disgrace to our sexual orientation,” Andrew Sullivan, who is a longtime gay cultural critic, railed on Substack.
“The designers of this flag do not seem to understand that the rainbow symbol was always a METAPHOR,” he told the New York Post in an interview. “A rainbow already contains every color! We were not previously fighting for green gays and purple gays and yellow gays and forgot to include brown gays and black gays. So it’s dumb as well as ugly.”
Sullivan is a Democrat whose previous blog “The Dish” was a favorite of former President Barack Obama.
“Who voted for this flag? Did anyone ask gays and lesbians and trans people before it was imposed on all of us? Was there a poll? Nope – just far-left activists corralling all of us into their ideological bubble,” Sullivan charged. “When I see it, I cringe first and wince second. I see it as a flag of the intersectional left — not of gay people in all our diversity of opinion.”
When the 1st openly gay @PressSec and the 1st openly trans @HHS_ASH & four-star admiral meet at the @WhiteHouse during #Pride. Proud to be a part of an administration where everyone can see themselves reflected in leadership. We've come so far. Here's to shattering more ceilings. pic.twitter.com/2XYdK8lJfr
— ADM Rachel Levine (@HHS_ASH) June 17, 2022
The flags have become political fodder in New York City during Gay Pride Month.
Sotheby’s New York offices on 71st and York on the Upper East Side are proudly flying one of Quasar’s “Progress” flags. The skating rink at Rockefeller Center went with traditional pride flags. Some places, like the historic gay bar, The Stonewall Inn, on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, are flying both.
One man, who is a longtime Hollywood art director, bluntly asserted that the new flag is “disgusting” but told the New York Post that he would be “blacklisted” in his industry if he ever aired his grievances.
“I hate it,” he remarked. “It’s definitely distanced me from the traditional gay culture that we’re used to. It’s been hijacked by people looking to satisfy these minority groups.”
The original gay pride flag was designed by artist and activist Gilbert Baker in 1978. The design dropped a hot pink bar in 1979, but since then it has remained unchanged.
“Everyone should wave whatever flag they believe represents them during Pride,” GOP City Councilman David Carr, who is the first openly gay Republican to sit in the chamber, stated.
“The traditional flag is the one I identified with over the years, and it’s the one I’ll continue to display proudly,” he added.
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