ADDED ON: 06/22/2019

An inclusive Pride flag is the first step in confronting racism in LGBT+ spaces

06/21/2019 | The Guardian

Until people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds feel comfortable in LGBT+ communities, the new black and brown stripes are vital. The first bricks at the Stonewall riots were thrown by Marsha P Johnson, a black trans sex worker, and Sylvia Ray Rivera, a Latina trans sex worker. Yet many seem unaware of the multiracial history of the LGBT+ Pride movement. Activists such as Johnson and Rivera are rarely celebrated; instead, we have the racist Grindr bios (“no rice”), the fetishisation of black sexuality and the violence perpetrated within our own community. That’s why it is so important to expand the rainbow flag that symbolises the all-encompassing nature of Pride to include black and brown stripes. Once images of the inclusive Pride flag spread online it was inevitable that I’d have to read: “Where is the white stripe?” There are ignorant and racist people, no matter what communities you belong to.


One Response to “An inclusive Pride flag is the first step in confronting racism in LGBT+ spaces”

  1. peter grant

    Black and brown stripes??? I’m a causasian with english/scottish and french roots. I don’t see the color of my skin in the rainbow either. But it’s not about the individual colors of the rainbow; it’s the idea that the rainbow includes everyone of every color. I’m fine with the rainbow flag representing gay pride, but I’d rather see it come to include a much broader spectrum of people. Maybe we should let it represent all people of all colors and all sexualities who believe we are all part of the human race and should work together to create a better world for everyone.

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