Did you know the Pride flag was redesigned in 2018? The original rainbow flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker in San Francisco. The Transgender Pride Flag was designed in 1999 by Monica Helms with white, pink, and light blue stripes. In 2018, Daniel Quasar reimagined the Pride flag by adding the colors of the transgender flag and also include other marginalized LGBTQ communities of color, community members lost to HIV/AIDS, and those currently living with AIDS.
The chevron pointing right indicates a need for forward movement and progress; a needed reminder as we see several states enact legislation that endangers transgender minors and their families. May this remind us that progress is not a given; we must protect what we have fought for and continue to move in the direction of inclusion and equality, not taking for granted that these rights won’t be threatened.
We need our LGBTQ members and allies, and we need to keep fighting, but there’s also times for celebration of how far we’ve come in this lifetime. Since I’ve been alive, some great things have happened: from women being able open a credit card account without a man in 1974 to achieving marriage equality in 2015.
Let’s all take some time to enjoy what has been achieved! The news can be daunting and depressing these days, so let’s celebrate our victories this month and energize ourselves for when more action is needed.
Pride chocolates are back!
We’ve got the Pride Mini-Bars and the Raiinbow Caramels – pick some up next time you’re in.