There was a time when flags strictly represented countries and organisations. Now, flags have been extended to represent anything or any group. The non-binary flag has become one of the recent flags to be recognised worldwide. Flags have always been part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTIQ+) movement. They are a visible representation that is meant to celebrate progress, advocate for representation, amplify the demand and drive for collective action for the community.
Over the years, there have been many LGBTIQ+ flags. Some have evolved while others are constantly conceptualised. Today, this article will focus on the non-binary flag and what they mean.
What is the non-binary flag?
The non-binary flag is a genderqueer flag that represents people who do not identify exclusively as female or male. The flag was created in 2014 by Kye Rowan after members of the non-binary community felt the gender-queer flag did not represent them. However, the flag was created as an addition, not a replacement, for the gender-queer community.
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Although non-binary people are often categorised under the umbrella of transgender, many members of the community do not consider themselves transgender. A transgender person does not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth.
Non-binary flag colours
The non-binary flag has four stripes: yellow, white, purple and black.
Non-binary flag meaning
- Yellow: Represents people who exist outside the binary. You cannot refer to them as either male or female.
- White: Represents people of many or all genders.
- Purple: Represents a mix of the traditional binary colours for boys and girls. It refers to those who feel their gender is a mix of male and female.
- Black: Represents those who identify as having no gender.
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Non-binary pride flag
The pride flag is the iconic rainbow colour of the LGBTQ+. The LGBTQ+ community is large and different, encompassing a range of sexual orientations and gender identities. Many of these identity groups express their pride through the use of colourful flags.
Therefore, the non-binary flag is just one of the pride flags that are out there representing the LGBTQ+ community.
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