Like the many flags we fly to represent who we are, Pride Month is about celebrating the strength of our plurality, the many identities that complete us and make all of us great, and how they come together to build our common humanity.
Occurring in the same month as the Stonewall Riots (on June 28, 1969) where people were beaten simply for being who they are, Pride Month is meant to be a celebration of coming together in light of this violent beginning. This year, DeviantArt is proud to honor deviants of all identities who, over the years, have helped build us into an ever-more inclusive community where we can just be.
- Be who we are, without fear.
- Be different, even if we can't always be in real life.
- Be ourselves, celebrated and supported by those around us.
Over the years, different LGBTQ+ communities around the world have created various flags, representing the truly diverse nature of this ever-changing community as they seek to find wholeness, strength, and unity. These flags include:
This flag -- the most well-known of them all -- has undergone many iterations, adding and removing colors along the way. Introduced in 1978, it has come to represent the strength, life, spirit and nature of the entire LGBTQ+ movement.
Created in 2013, this flag avoids pink and blue, the traditional gender colors, by using purple and yellow to represent the wholeness and potential of intersex people.
Introduced in 1999, this flag represents trans people’s continuing quest for completion in their lives.
First flown in 1998, this flag represents visibility and attraction to men and women.
Introduced in 2010, this flag represents the community shared by asexuals and their allies as they redefine attraction.
Created in 2010, this flag uses pink, blue, and yellow to highlight the endless possibility of attraction these people feel.
No matter where you belong on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, or even if you're simply an LGBTQ+ ally, we strongly believe that Pride Month can be a celebration of our collective strength and courage as the community we are and aspire to be. Whether through the art we make, the rights we fight for, or the relationships we build, Pride is about rising above challenges as our colors fly ever higher.
We invite you to celebrate Pride with us, sharing all the wonderful aspects that make DeviantArt different and diverse!
We're spotlighting the work of LGBTQ+ members and sharing how they're celebrating Pride this year!
I am celebrating Pride this year by continuing to make my artwork a positive, welcoming, safe space.
I'll be attending my local Pride festival with hopes of greeting new people in the community and making new friends.
I've celebrated Pride in many ways in the past - but the most important celebration is to simply exist.
All deviants who comment on this journal by answering the three prompts below will receive a special Pride badge that will display on your Profile.
DeviantArt staff may remove a badge if a deviant’s comment or contribution doesn’t demonstrate the true spirit of Pride.
- How are you are celebrating Pride this year?
- Tell (or show!) us what your Pride flag would look like.
- Why do you think flags are an important symbol for marginalized communities?