There has been much debate over what flag should represent Lesbianism, some of the most commonly used are edited versions of the lipstick lesbian flag and the labrys lesbian flag, however many other flags have been put forward.
Common/popular Flags[edit | edit source]
This flag is commonly used as “the lesbian flag” however it was originally created as the lipstick/femme flag and later edited to remove the lipstick mark, as a result of this many lesbians feel it isn‘t completely representative. There have also been issues with the creator of the flag who was found to have made bigoted comments against Bi, Trans, Butch and Asian women on her blog, This Lesbian Life
This flag isn’t as common as the lipstick lesbian flag but many people don’t like it for a few reasons, including: it uses nazi imagery (the black triangle although the point of including it was to reclaim the symbol), it’s popular with transphobic radical feminists (sometimes referred to as TERFs) and it was created by a man, as opposed to a lesbian
This flag is the new most commonly used flag. The orange encompasses butch lesbians and the pink for femmes, while the white encompasses trans lesbians.
A new lesbian flag modeled after the seven-band "pink" flag was introduced on Tumblr in 2018, with colors dark orange representing 'gender non-conformity', orange for 'independence', light orange for 'community', white for 'unique relationships to womanhood', pink for 'serenity and peace', dusty pink for 'love and sex', and dark rose for 'femininity'. A five-stripes version was soon derived from the 2018 colors.
This is one of many alternate lesbian flags that were created during mid 2018. A two-part survey was recently held to try and determine the most popular flag out of those put forward by the lesbian community and this flag (created by @apersnicketylemon on tumblr) was the eventual winner.
Other Flags put forward by the lesbian community[edit | edit source]
This first flag was created by @smile-charlie on tumblr, the meaning of the stripes are as follows: femininity, gender non-conformity, love/romance. The small number of stripes is to make it simpler for LGBT pride merchants and artists to recreate, as the lipstick lesbian flag is often left out of lgbt merchandise due to the complexity of the flag. Having only 3 stripes erases this issue totally.
This flag was created by @anurtransyl and was one of the first of the new flags to be created. Its stripes mean: loyalty/trust, freedom to love women, trans/nb lesbians, serenity, and pride/love for oneself. Despite not being the most popular in the lesbian flag survey this one is commonly seen being used by lesbians on tumblr as an icon (usually accompanied by a tv/film character over the top of it)
The third flag here was created by tumblr user @numonous and was one of the more popular flags in the lesbian flag survey. Its stripes each have two meanings: freedom/lesbians of colour, diversity/non-cis lesbian, hope/disabled lesbian, energy/neurodivergent lesbians, passion/a-spec* lesbians.
Resources[edit | edit source]
- The organizers of the Lesbian flag survey can be found at @which-lesbian-flag on tumblr and @martins-bay on twitter