The rainbow flag, which first appeared at the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Parade, has become one of the most iconic symbols of LGBTQ Pride. However, it wasn't always that way.
Activist Gilbert Baker created the original flag to give LGBTQ people a symbol that reflected their sexuality and gender identity. He originally included eight colors: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit.
But as the LGBTQ movement grew and the community expanded, there were other flags that people started to use for their own identities. The asexual flag, aromantic flag, non-binary flag and bisexual flag are just a few of the many options available for people to represent their identity.
Asexual: The color meanings of asexual are green (the opposite of pink) to represent asexuality, yellow for friendship, blue for romantic attraction and white for people who are transitioning or gender neutral.
Demisexual: The color meanings of demisexual are purple (the opposite of pink) to represent if you're a little bit on the asexual side, yellow for friendship, black for romantic attraction and white for people who are transgender or gender-neutral.
Intersex: The color meanings of intersex are pink for attraction to those who identify as female, blue for people who identify as male, and lavender for intersex people who do not identify as either.
Polyamory: The color meanings of polyamory are lavender for mixed-gender couples, yellow for friendship and black for people who are transgender or gender-neutral.