The Progress Pride Flag: All the colours of the rainbow

By Monica Tadeo-Garrido

As we celebrate Pride Month, we are also taking the opportunity to recognize the need to work towards a better and more inclusive society. One of the ways we can do that is by using the Equity Flag in all our celebrations!

The Pride Month Equity Flag, better known as Progress Pride Flag, was designed by Daniel Quasar, a non-binary artist and graphic designer from Oregon, in 2018. It combines the Rainbow Pride Flag with the Transgender Flag along with black and brown stripes that represent Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) in the LGBTQ2S+ community as well as community members who have died from, or are currently living with, HIV/AIDS. Quasar designed the flag to emphasize on the need for inclusion and progression.  

The history of Pride goes back to 1969, when homosexuality and dressing in drag were considered illegal. The first step towards progress started with the Stonewall Riots in New York City that sparked an uprising for decriminalization, inspiring the beginnings of a community. Homosexuality was decriminalized in Canada in 1969 and the country held its first Gay Pride Parade in 1971. Canada and America have come a long way in the fight for LGBTQ2S+ rights, and Daniel Quasar’s design was inspired by that progress, shaping the Transgender Flag colors along with the black and brown stripes into an arrow pointing forward, while placing the triangle on the left edge to remind us that we still have a long way to go.  

Normalizing the use of the Progress Pride Flag shows that we are open to the change needed to build a more inclusive society. It shows that people who have been marginalized and forgotten are being seen, and that they too form our community.  

While we continue to celebrate and acknowledge how far we’ve come, we will continue to work towards inclusion by using the Progress Pride Flag, showing our support for the trans and BIPOC members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. The Pride committee invites you to our Candy/Fruit bar on Wednesday, June 15 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. to sign up to march with WCH in the Trans March, Dyke March, and/or Pride Parade.