A Brief History: Pride Project 2020
Every year as June rolls around, we take time to reflect on our LGBTQIA community: to consider how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, and to pay our respects to the folx who lead our community now and those who came before us who made it possible for us to celebrate Pride Month.
From the Mattachine Society and the Society for Human Rights, the Daughters of Bilitis and the homophile movement, to the Stonewall Riots and the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. The Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Activist Alliance, ACTUP, GLAAD, the LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund, the Black AIDS Institute, the Transgender Law Center, and Trevor Project… we could write rich volumes about each of these organizations… and so many more like them. (FYI, those last two sentences would make a great jumping off point for internet searches to learn more about the LGBTQIA community.) LGBTQIA organizations and the leaders who marched, threw bricks, fought, wrote, sang, chanted, and gave their lives for us are the reason we are able to be open and proud of who we are. We have a long way to go… but we have most definitely come a long way.
This year for Pride, we decided to focus on one of the most prominent symbols of the LGBTQIA community: The Pride Flag. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all of the flags representing all aspects of our community. Instead we started from the end (we’ll get to that in a minute) and worked our way backward to show you how we got to the final Pride flag that inspired us to create the project at the end of this post.
While there are many other flags that represent the diverse communities that falls under the umbrella of the LGBTQIA community, these are the ones that lead us up to the topic of today’s post.
In the designer’s own words on their site:
“When the Pride flag was recreated in 2017 and 2018 to include both black/brown stripes, as well as the trans stripes, I wanted to see if there could be more emphasis in the design of the flag to elevate its meaning.
The 6 stripe LGBTQ flag should be separated from the newer stripes because of their difference in meaning, as well as to shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate. The main section of the flag includes the traditional 6 stripe LGBTQ flag as seen in its most widely used form so as not to take away from its original meaning
The trans flag stripes and marginalized community stripes were shifted to the Hoist of the flag and given a new arrow shape. The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made.”
And that brings us to our Pride 2020 project! Obviously, the design is taken from the Progress Pride Flag… and, yes, we contacted the designer to let them know about our project and this post. We are not selling this design. It is, instead, a way for us to pay homage to all of those who have come before us and all those who are with us now. This is the new standard under which we will rally to march, celebrate, and live as our truest selves.
But times change and flags change. The LGBTQIA community must continue to expand and open ourselves to uplift the voices of and give representation to ALL of the folx within our community. As we grow and learn how to uplift the voices of ALL of our community, the creative folx within our ranks will come up with new physical incarnations of that resulting PRIDE.
Who knows what yet unheard voice out there might create and lift up as the next evolution of the representation of the diversity and unity of our FAB LGBTQIA community? Indeed… who knows?
Here's a little video documenting the making of our Pride 2020 Project (and, of course, Shannon's new nail color).
Happy Pride to all of the amazing, fantastic, gorgeous, FAB members of the LGBTQIA community. We love you all and stand proudly next to you as we move forward into our futures.
Big shout out to some of the folx who made this project possible:
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics for donating all of their FAB fabric - check out Karla's work here:
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics
Daniel Quasar for their permission to use their Progress Pride Flag design - check out their work here:
Shannon and Jason
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