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People are losing their minds over the bi-inclusive Progress Pride flag

LGBTQ+ Progress Pride Flag including the stripes of the bisexual flag

People expressed their outrage after London Mayor Sadiq Khan posted a photo of a Progress Pride flag with the stripes of the bisexual flag.

The Labor politician posted the photo to mark “Trans Day of Visibility” on Sunday (March 31). The flag bears the traditional rainbow colors, the trans flag, brown and black stripes to represent the inclusion of people of color, and pink, purple and blue stripes of the bi flag.

While several social media users had serious concerns about the flag, such as the intersex symbol being omitted from the flag design, there were many horrified when recording only three other colors.

What is the Bi-Inclusive Flag?

The original LGBTQ+ Pride flag with eight stripes of pink, turquoise and purple was designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978. Due to the unavailability of pink fabrics, it was then changed to seven stripes before becoming the six-color rainbow design we recognize today in 1979.

Since then, versions of the “Progress” pride flag have been updated, with Daniel Quasar designing the flag in 2018 with black and brown stripes to represent people of color. Baby blue, pink and white stripes were later added to represent the trans community.

The bisexual flag seen in Khan’s tweet also includes blue, purple and pink, the colors of the bi flag, to represent bisexual people.

Reaction to the Progress flag was mixed, with many LGBTQ+ people welcoming the various new designs, but right-wingers reacted with hatred for the inclusion of transgender people, and flags were vandalized, burned and compared to the Nazi swastika by fanatics.

The bi-inclusive flag has sparked even more outrage, with several queer social media users slamming it “ugly”and some bisexuals added that they already felt included through the original rainbow flag.

Is the flag the “new” Progress Pride flag?

The bi-inclusive Progress Pride flag is not new. Mayor Khan has been flying this version outside his offices since at least 2018 and there are multiple flags representing different identities within the LGBTQ+ community.

The bi-inclusive flag is simply another design that people can wave to honor the LGBTQ+ community or to bring attention to the erasure that the bisexual community often faces.

Khan, who was previously targeted for his support of the LGBTQ+ community, said Forbes: “This flag recognizes intersections within the LGBTQ+ community and honors LGBTQ+ people of color – whose activism inspired the first-ever Pride – as well as diverse gender identities.”

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