Understanding the Colors of Pride: A Guide to the Different Pride Flags

June 24, 2023

Understanding the Colors of Pride: A Guide to the Different Pride Flags

Meaning Behind the Rainbow Pride Flags and Foterra's Rainbow Jewelry

It's that time again... pride month! June is a celebration of love, acceptance, and unity in the LGBTQ+ community and one of the important symbols of Pride Month is the rainbow pride flags. You’ve probably seen them all over social media, on products (like our Rainbow Jewelry... uhem!), and of course, at Pride parades and events. But have you ever wondered what the different colors and designs represent? In this blog post, we’ll explain the meaning behind the most popular pride flags. Let’s dive into the colorful world of Pride flags and see how we've created our own rainbow jewelry here at Foterra!

The Gilbert Baker Pride Flag

The Gilbert Baker Pride Flag is the most recognized symbol of the LGBTQ+ community. It was created in 1978 by artist and activist Gilbert Baker at the request of Harvey Milk (one of the first openly gay public officials). The original flag had eight colors, each with its own meaning. Red represented life, orange for healing, yellow symbolized sunlight, green represented nature, turquoise represented magic and art, blue was for serenity and harmony, while purple stood for the spirit. The pink and turquoise colors were later removed due to the limited availability of fabric, and the flag we know today has the six remaining colors... and all the pride! 


Transgender Flag

The Transgender flag was created by transgender woman Monica Helms in 1999. The flag consists of five stripes - two light blue, two pink, and a white stripe in the center. The light blue stripes represent the traditional color for baby boys, while the pink stripes represent the traditional color of baby girls. The white stripe represents those who are intersex, transitioning, or who identify as having a neutral or undefined gender. I love this flag because there is no wrong way to fly it. So let it fly!

Nonbinary Flag

The Nonbinary flag was created in 2014 by graphic designer Kye Rowan. The flag consists of four stripes of yellow, white, purple, and black. Yellow represents non-binary people who identify outside of the traditional gender binary. White represents agender individuals or people with a neutral gender identity. Purple represents the mixture and blurred lines between male and female gender identities. Black stands for those who identify with multiple genders. I love how we've represented it, with a daisy!

Straight Ally Flag

The Straight Ally flag was created to show support of the LGBTQ+ community by straight allies, friends, and family members. The flag features a white background with a rainbow circle in the middle, signifying unity and support. The flag aims to embrace and celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community and promote acceptance and equality. Fly this flag with pride, and wear these rainbow earrings for your friends, your family members or yourself!


Now that you know the meaning behind the different pride flags, you can wear them with pride and understanding. Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, the pride flags are a symbol of love, acceptance, and diversity. As a jewelry company, Foterra Jewelry strives to be inclusive and celebrate diversity. We offer a range of rainbow jewelry that represent unity and allyship with the LGBTQ+ community. Remember, Pride isn’t just a month-long celebration; it’s a way of life. Embrace who you are, and remember, love always wins!

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