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Aired Jun 8, 2023

What’s the Deal With All These Flags?

The LGBTQ+ community has used signs and symbols to find and build community for generations. From green carnations and hanky codes in the late 19th century, to the flags that many of us are familiar with today, being able to be seen and recognized is a key element of celebrating Pride.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, June 8. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Article: LGBTQ Flags: The History and Symbolism of 21 Flags

Source: Teen Vogue

Author: Liv McConnell

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Before reading this article, how much did you know about this history of the original eight-color rainbow pride flag? Where, if anywhere, did you learn about it?
  2. What would you say to someone who claimed that this was all too much, that there were too many flags, and it was just too hard to keep up with this?
  3. Where will you be flying your Pride flag(s) this year?

Bonus Resources: Check out  “As Pride flags are once again targeted, 2SLGBTQ advocates say it’s as important as ever to fly them” from CBC News by Nick Logan, and “Clever’s Guide to Pride Flags Through the Decades” from Architectural Digest by Jesse Dorris and “In pictures: The evolution of the rainbow flag” from CNN.

About Our Guests:

Sara Kalman, Brand Marketing Manager, Sperry

Courtney Dronsfield, Global Product Line Manager, Sperry

Mackenzie Harte, Learning & Inclusion Coordinator, PFLAG

Jamie Henkel, Learning & Inclusion Manager, PFLAG

Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.