Every letter of the LGBTQ+ has its history, and it also has its flag. In the past decades, artists and designers have created a plethora of flags to represent each sexuality. These have served as symbols of pride for which the LGBTQ has time and again rallied behind. But as simple as a flag may seem, every one of them actually has specific colors and patterns that symbolize deeper meanings. One of them is the Bisexual Pride flag. So here are some facts!
- The flag was designed by Michael Page in 1998 and unveiled during BiCafe’s first-anniversary party. Page was inspired by colors in the bi angles (which we’ll touch upon soon,) and felt that the Bi community was under-represented both in the world and within the LGBTQ community itself. 2. Furthermore, he also felt that bisexual people didn’t feel a connection to the classic rainbow flag, which represents gay and lesbians, and wanted to give them something of their own to rally behind. In the day of its inauguration, he encouraged people to wear it as much as possible, stating “The Bi Pride Flag is the only bisexual symbol not patented, trademarked or service marked.”
Well, his work was successful, as the bi flag instantly became the symbol for the bisexual community and is seen at every parade.
3. The flag is made of biangles, or two overlapping triangles. Otherwise known as bisexuality triangles. These have symbolized the bisexual community for a long time without clear origins.
4. The top 40 percent of the flag is magenta, and it represents same-sex attraction. It also serves as a link to the queer community, which has been historically associated with this color. The bottom 40 percent is royal blue, representing heterosexual attraction. The middle 20, a lavender shade deriving from the combination of the other two, represents attraction to both sexes.
5. As to the meaning of the design, here is what Page had to say:
“"The key to understanding the symbolism of the Bisexual pride flag is to know that the purple pixels of color blend unnoticeably into both the pink and blue, just as in the 'real world,' where bi people blend unnoticeably into both the gay/lesbian and straight communities."