Celebrate Pride Month
Last updated: January 24, 2021, at 6:46 p.m. PT
Originally published: May 15, 2018, at 1:49 p.m. PT
Celebrate LGBTQ Diversity & Inclusion with The Y of Greater Seattle
June is national Pride month! At the Y, we use this time to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community, members, and staff. We honor those who have done the hard work for equity and have dedicated the Y to be among them. We remember the brutality and inhumanity that has been and is perpetrated against our LGBTQ+ family. And most of all we honor all those who are living life as their authentic selves and those who are on the path to that discovery.
We are at work on constantly improving our branches, camps, housing programs, curriculums, and administrative policies to reflect our commitment to creating a safe space for LGBTQ+, in particular Black, Indigenous, and other traditionally marginalized members, community, and staff. If you have feedback or suggestions on how the Y can improve, please get in touch.
Celebrating Experiences through Pride Flags
It’s Pride month and there’s a lot to celebrate. The acronym a lot of us are familiar with, LGBTQIA+ or some variation of that represents a whole bunch of identities and ways of being under one roof. There’s no wrong way to show your Pride, so check out all these stunning ways to celebrate from Out Right Action International.
Rebooted pride flag by Daniel Quasa
This is a rebooted pride flag by Daniel Quasar. Representation matters — especially for the most marginalized communities. The reboot is meant to be inclusive of queer people of color and trans people. Learn more about the redesigned flag.
Trans Pride Flag
Monica Helms, an openly transgender American woman, created the flag in 1999. The light blue and light pink are the traditional colors for baby girls and baby boys, respectively, while the white represents intersex, transitioning, or a neutral or undefined gender.
Intersex Pride Flag
Created in July 2013 by OII Australia, the intersex pride flag utilizes yellow and purple, which are considered “hermaphrodite” colors, according to the organization. The purple central circle is “unbroken and unornamented, symbolizing wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities.”
Bisexual Pride Flag
Created in 1998 by Michael Page, the bisexual pride flag is pink on the top and royal blue on the bottom, with an overlapping purple stripe in the middle. The pink is intended to represent attraction to the same sex only, the royal blue to the opposite sex only, and the purple attraction to all genders / more than one.
Nonbinary Pride Flag
Kye Rowan created the nonbinary pride flag, which has yellow, white, purple, and black horizontal stripes, in 2014. The yellow stripe represents people whose gender exists outside of the binary, the white stripe, people with many or all genders, the purple, people with genders considered a mix of male and female, and the black people who identify as not having a gender.
Pansexual Pride Flag
The pansexual pride flag has three horizontal stripes: pink, yellow, and blue. According to most definitions, the pink represents people who are female, the blue represents people who are male, while the yellow represents nonbinary attraction.
Asexual Pride Flag
The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) held a contest to create this flag in 2010. The black stripe represents asexuality, the grey stripe representing the grey-area between sexual and asexual, the white stripe sexuality, and the purple stripe community.
Genderfluid Pride Flag
JJ Poole created this flag in 2012. It has five horizontal stripes: pink for femininity, blue for masculinity, purple for both masculinity and femininity, black for the lack of gender, and white for all genders.
Agender Pride Flag
The agender pride flag, created by Salem X in 2014, has seven horizontal stripes. The black and white stripes represent an absence of gender, the gray represents semi-genderlessness, and the central green stripe represents nonbinary genders.
Genderqueer Pride Flag
Designed in 2011 by Marilyn Roxie, this flag features a lavender, white, and chartreuse stripe. According to Roxie, the lavender stripe is a mix of blue and pink—colors traditionally associated with men and women—and represents androgyny as well as queer identities. The white stripe represents agender and the chartreuse stripe is the inverse of lavender and represents third gender identities and identities outside the gender binary.
(Latest) Lesbian Pride Flag
The original was a red kiss superimposed on six shades of red and pink colors and a white bar in the center was introduced in 2010. It was modified by removing the kiss. In a 2018 article on Medium, an author proposed this flag as “A Lesbian Flag for Everyone” The flag is seen here, has been voted on by approx. 5,000 people as a possibility for a new lesbian flag.
Gay Pride Flag
Gilbert Baker created the gay pride flag in 1978, and it originally had eight stripes. The colors in order were hot pink to represent sex, red for healing, yellow for sun, green for serenity with nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit. In the years since the flag has been reduced to six colors.
No matter who you are, you are seen, appreciated, and celebrated at the Y.
The Y along with The Biden Foundation have partnered for a joint three-year effort to foster LGBTQ inclusion and equity at YMCA locations nationwide. Driven by a shared commitment to ensuring all people are treated with dignity and respect, this collaboration will first establish a pilot cohort of Ys that will develop and implement locally focused strategies designed to engage and support LGBTQ individuals and their families. These strategies may include staff training; member outreach and engagement; program innovation for LGBTQ youth, adults, seniors and families; and community collaborations.