What does the lesbian flag look like?

Lesbian pride flag

Most of you are probably familiar with the “traditional” pride flag – the rainbow one that symbolizes the LGBT pride movement (see below). This flag was designed by Gilbert Baker in 1977, and was said to represent sex, life, healing, sun, nature, magic, serenity and the spirit – things that, according to Baker, everyone shares.

 
pride flag
 

But LGBT culture has come a long way since the 70s. In fact, the acronym has now expanded to LGBTTQQIAAP+, and numerous new flags have been added to represent each of the different groups.

The flag that most commonly symbolizes the “L” in the acronym, or lesbian culture, is comprised of a series of pink stripes, all in different hues (see above). This flag, also affectionately known as the “lipstick lesbian pride flag” is rejected by some lesbians, since its origins are more supportive of femme lesbians than the community as a whole.

There are, however, different version of the lesbian pride flag, each adorning different symbols. Interlocking female symbols, for instance, have been a symbol of lesbianism since the 1970s. The meaning behind this one is pretty self-explanatory.

 
lesbian pride symbol
 

The black triangle (my personal favorite), derives from Nazi concentration camps, where women wore it if they’d been deemed “asocial” by the guards. Typically, this included feminists, lesbians, prostitutes and women who refused to bear children. Today, it symbolizes unity among these women, particularly lesbians.

alternative lesbian pride flag triangle

Finally, we have the labrys. This double-bladed axe was typically used as a battle weapon in early female-run societies, such as matriarchal communities and ancient Greece. Today, it represents strength, independence and empowerment among lesbians.

labrys lesbian pride flag

If you’re in the process of choosing a flag that most adequately represents your identity, my advice is to choose the one that resonates with you. There is no right or wrong decision!

Emily WatsonComment