It’s PRIDE Month. What do all those colors mean?

Why is our name Pride Family Medicine?

The word ‘pride’ means different things to different people and we strive to encompass all of its meanings in our daily business and interaction with our patrons. We take ‘pride’, a deep satisfaction, in providing excellent medical care to everyone we see and helping them to achieve their health goals. We strive to provide a place where everyone can show their ‘pride’, confidence and self-respect, for who they are and who they want to be. For everyone that walks through our doors, we invite you to be part of our Pride Family.

What is LGBTQIA+ PRIDE month?

This month seeks to raise awareness in society from a positive stance on the rights of the LGBTQ community, as well as to promote safe spaces where inclusion prevails and violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people are eradicated. The month is dedicated to promoting equal rights, as well as increasing LGBTQ visibility as a social group while celebrating sexual diversity and gender variance.

Why is it called “PRIDE”?

Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the perspective that drives most LGBTQ rights groups and movements around the world.

Why is it celebrated in June?

On June 28, 1969, police raided a gay bar in New York City known as the Stonewall Inn. The event sparked a series of riots by people in the LGBTQ community, constituting the major event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the US. The month of June was chosen to honor and commemorate those Stonewall riots.

How is it celebrated?

LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants from around the world each year. Today, the celebrations include parades, marches, parties, concerts/shows, workshops, among other activities that take place in different nations.

What do all those colors mean?

The Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag is an expanded version of the traditional Pride Flag, designed to include and represent intersex individuals. It builds upon the original flag, often referred to as the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag or Rainbow Flag, which consists of six colors. The Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag incorporates additional colors and symbolism to specifically acknowledge and support the intersex community. Here is the breakdown of the colors and their meanings in the Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag:

Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag – 2021
  1. Traditional Rainbow Colors: The flag retains the original rainbow colors, which symbolize the diversity and unity of the LGBTQ+ community.
    • Red: The color red represents life in the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag. It symbolizes love, passion, and vitality.
    • Orange: The color orange represents healing. It signifies the journey of self-discovery, growth, and recovery.
    • Yellow: The color yellow symbolizes sunlight. It represents happiness, joy, and positivity.
    • Green: The color green represents nature. It signifies serenity, harmony, and the interconnectedness of all living things.
    • Blue: The color blue represents serenity and peace. It symbolizes calmness, openness, and acceptance.
    • Purple: The color purple represents spirit. It symbolizes the LGBTQ+ community’s resilience, spirit, and solidarity.
  2. White, Lavender and Pink Stripes: The addition of these stripes to the traditional PRIDE flag represent the spectrum of sexuality between boys (lavender) and girls (pink) being inclusive of the intersex community (white). They are included to emphasize the need for inclusivity and recognition of intersex people within the broader LGBTQ+ community.
  3. Brown Stripe: The brown stripe in the Pride Flag is intended to represent the experiences of people of color within the LGBTQ+ community. It acknowledges the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals who also face racial discrimination and marginalization. The brown stripe serves as a symbol of solidarity and recognition of the intersection between race and LGBTQ+ identity.
  4. Black Stripe: The black stripe in the Pride Flag represents the experiences of Black LGBTQ+ individuals. It addresses the unique struggles and systemic discrimination faced by Black queer and trans people, highlighting the importance of inclusivity and support for this community.
  5. The purple circle on a yellow background symbolizes intersex individuals’ right to self-determination and bodily autonomy.

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