The History of the Diamoric Flag & What It Represents

 

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The Diamoric Flag – two (2) mint green stripes on the top and the bottom, with a white stripe in the middle. It also has a purple Mrytle in the middle. 

The flag was designed on June 13, 2016, the term ‘Dionysian‘, was coined by Tumblr user Androgyne-Enjolras (Now Marlowelune). However, the term originally came from Dionysus, who was historically known for gender nonconformity/variance and was believed by some people to be rude to use to name of a Hellenistic god.  The word itself, however, is derived from the Greek prefix dia-, which means ‘passing through‘ or ‘going apart‘ and the Latin word ‘amor‘, meaning ‘love.’

So a poll for an alternative to Dionysian, the options being appellic and diamoric.[2] And on the 14th of July, the results of the poll were posted, and the winner was diamoric.[3]

The term can be an orientation in itself, or it can be used as an umbrella term to describe a variety of nonbinary attractions. For example, it is a prefix for other orientations such as dia-bi, dia-lesbian and dia-gay. It is meant to be a counter to sapphic and achillean.

Like I said, the term can be used as an orientation itself that describes non-binary attraction. It does not conform to a binary gender dichotomy. The following examples can be used to describe the types of attraction:

  • Toric/Quadrisian: Non-binary attraction to men (exclusively or not) 
  • Trixic/Orbisian: Non-binary attraction to women (exclusively or not) – however, Feminamoric which is an exclusive attraction to women.
  • Venusian: Non-binary attraction to women and feminine-aligned people. 
  • Terraric: Exclusive attraction to non-binary people. An alternative to this is Ceterosexual, which is an exclusive attraction to non-binary people. 

However, it can also be used to describe a relationship where one of the people in the relationship identifies as non-binary. This means that the relationship itself is neither straight or gay because one of the people is nonbinary – this also means that a binary person cannot use the term diamoric to describe their orientation, but they can however to describe the type of relationship they’re in. 

The flag itself has two (2) mint green stripes on the top and the bottom, which represents nonbinary individuals. The white middle stripe that matches the sapphic and achillean flags. It also has a purple myrtle in the center of the flag. 

 

The *Brief* History of the Polyamorus Flag & What It Represents

 

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The Polyamorous Flag 

Polyamory is the practice, or desire to have relationships with more than one person involved, and involves the consent with everyone involved – it has been described as,  “consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy. The term has become an umbrella term for any type of non-monogamous relationship, multi-partner relationship – or any other type of non-exclusive sexual or romantic relationships. 

The term polyamory first appeared in an article by  Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, (“A Bouquet of Lovers“), and was published in May 1990 in Green Egg Magazine, as “poly-amorous.” In May 1992, Jennifer  L. Wesp made the Usenet newsgroup (alt.polyamory), and the Oxford Dictionary sites the website as the first verified appearance of the word. The word  ‘polyamory’, ‘polyamorous’, and ‘polyamorist’ were added to OED in 2006 – and in 1999,  Zell-Ravenheart was requested by the editor of the OED to give a definition of the term, and then provided the UK definition of, “the practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved.” 

However, the North American version of the OED states that polyamory is a way of life, and some believe that the term should be classified as an orientation or identity – similarly to romantic orientationsexual orientation, or gender identity.

The flag has three equal horizontal colored stripes with a symbol in the center of the flag – the colors of the flag are blue, red and black – blue represents the openness and honesty among partners, red represents love and passion, and black represents solidarity with those who have to hide their polyamorous relationship due to social pressures and stigma. The golden symbol in the middle of the flag is a lowercase ‘pi‘ sign – as is the first letter of polyamory – the color represents the value that we put on emotional relationships.  

 

 

 

 

 

The History of the Bear Flag, Craig Byrnes & What It Represents

The Bear Pride Flag

Within the LGBTQ+ community, a bear is a man who is hairy and/or has facial hair, as well as a ‘cuddly’ body – like twinks, the bear has its own subculture and the pride flag can be seen at Pride events. 

The flag was designed with inclusion in mind: the tone is meant to represent the color of bears throughout the world, but not necessarily human skin tones – the colors of the flag are Dark brown, orange/rust, golden yellow, tan, white, gray, and black. Bear culture also celebrates secondary sex characteristics (e.g. the ability to grow body hair and facial hair) – this is typically seen as a “bear” characteristic. 

Craig Byrnes designed the flag in 1995 – his undergraduate degree in psychology involved designing a senior project about the culture about gay bears, which had become extremely popular during the early 1980s, of which he had first hand experience with. Byrnes’ thought it would be appropriate to make a flag that would best represent the bear community, and include it with the results of his research – he did this by receiving help from another member of the bear community. 

4 different variations of the flag were sewing machine-made, and Byrnes was allowed to display the four  3’×5’ flags at various Chesapeake Bay Bears “Bears of Summer” events in July 1995 – the winning flag was designed by Paul Witzkoske. This version is a simple horizontal stripes with a paw print in the upper left corner – this design is similar to the  Leather Pride flag. The colors represent the nationalities that are seen on bears. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The History of the Agender Flag & What It Represents

 

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The Agender Flag

 

Agender is gender identity which means that means they live with, ‘without gender’. The term can be a non-binary gender identity or its own gender identity which aims to make the statement that they live without gender; people who identify as agender may describe themselves as one or more of the following:

  • Genderless or lacking gender
  • Gender-neutral. This may mean that they identify as neither a man or a woman. 
  • Neutrois or neutrally gendered.
  • Deciding not to label their identity 
  • Having no other words that describe their gender identity 

Some agender people also identify as genderqueernon-binary and/or transgender. However, some may avoid these terms, especially the term transgender, because it implies that they identify as a gender other than their assigned gender, while they don’t identify as any gender.  

The agender flag was created in 2014 and has several stripes. The black and white stripes represent a lack of gender, the green stripe represents a non-binary gender because green is an inverse of purple, which, in the genderfluid flag, which represents both masculinity and femininity. 

The History of the Polysexual Flag & What It Represents

The Polysexual Flag 

Polysexuality is a sexual orientation which means you are attracted to multiple, but not all, genders (so for example, a polysexual person could be attracted to genders expect men). Authors such as Linda Garnets and Douglas Kimmel say that polysexuality is a sexual identity is used,by people who recognize that the term bisexual reifies the gender dichotomy that underlies the distinction  between heterosexuality and homosexuality, implying that bisexuality is nothing more than a hybrid combination of these gender and sexual dichotomies.” But, bisexual people and scholars my disagree with the notion that bisexuality means that you are only attracted to two genders, and argue that bisexuality is not about being sexually attracted to just men and women, but attraction to different genders as well, including more than two genders.

Polysexuality is different to polyamory (the desire to be in a consenting relationship with multiple people at the same time) or pansexuality, which is attraction to all genders and sexes. It’s a self-identifying term that is somewhat vague because there are a variety of people who use it to describe themselves. Polysexual people may be attracted to people who are, for example, genderqueer or intersex. But, polysexual people do not have to be attracted to non-binary people, though they can be; individuals who identify as polysexual can experience attraction to both binary and non-binary genders. 

The polysexual flag was designed by the  Tumblr user with the signature “Samlin.” The flags design was made public on the blog @fuckyeahpolysexuality on July 11, 2012. Samlin declared that they, as a poly individual, “was greatly saddened by the fact that we don’t have a flag…so I made one 😛 I made it similar to the bi and pan flags since they’re all in under the multisexual umbrella.” -Samlin. The flags colors, pink green and blue, are based on the pansexual and bisexual flags. The flag borrowed the pink and the blue from the bi flag, and replaced the yellow and purple stripes with a green one; the pink stripe represents attraction to female-identifying people, the green stripe represents attraction to non-binary people, and the blue stripe represents attraction to male-identifying people. 

The History of the Intersex Flag & What It Represents

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The Intersex Flag

The intersex flag was created in 2013 by  Intersex Human Rights Australia (previously known as Organisation Intersex International Australia); they created the flag to be, “not derivative, but is yet firmly grounded in meaning”. The organization describes the yellow and the purple as, hermaphrodite colors; they describe the purple circle as, “unbroken and unornamented, symbolizing wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolizes the right to be who and how we want to be.” 

The intersex flag has been used by a wide range of media and human rights organizations; in June of 2018, intersex activists participated in Utrecht Canal Pride. In addition, in May of 2018, New Zealand became the first country to wave the intersex outside the national parliament. 

Intersex describes someone who is born with a variety of sex characteristics, and this includes; chromosomesgonadssex hormones, or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies.” There are many different variations, and some variations may include genital ambiguity, or chromosomal genotype and sexual characteristics other than XY-male and XX-female. Intersex individuals were referred to as hermaphrodites, “congenital eunuchs”, or congenitally “frigid”. These terms have since become unpopular; particularly, the term “hermaphrodite” is considered misleading and stigmatizing. 

The existence of intersex people predates modern culture; the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus wrote of “Hermaphroditus” in the first century BCE. He wrote that, Hermaphroditus, “is born with a physical body which is a combination of that of a man and that of a woman”, and that they had supernatural properties.

In European societies, Roman Law, post-classical canon law, and later common law, people’s biological sex was divided into male, female and hermaphrodite, and they had legal rights depending on what characteristics are more dominant. Additionally, in some non-European countries, sex or gender systems may have allowed for more inclusive options, which included both intersex and transgender individuals. However, such societies have been labeled as, “primitive”, while Morgan Holmes argues that such analysis has been simplified or romanticized, and it has failed to take into account how they are treated.  

 

 

The *Brief* History of the Demisexual Flag and What It Represents

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Demisexual Flag

Demisexuality means that someone doesn’t feel sexual attraction until a close emotional bond has been formed. “Demisexual” is sometimes out under the gray-A umbrella. Demisexuality differs from gray-asexuality in that demisexuality is a specific sexual orientation. Individuals who identify as demisexual may find forming romantic or sexual relationships more difficult; they often make assumptions of a sexual nature as just being “just friends”, which may devalue the sexual aspect of the relationship. 

When describing demisexuality as an orientation, allosexuals (those who feel sexual attraction; the opposite to sexual), may mistake it as a admirable choice rather than a orientation. Demisexuals are not choosing to abstain; they are just waiting until a close emotional bond has been formed. 

The demisexual flag has a black triangle in the left corner and 3 horizontal stripes. The white represents sexuality, purple represents community, and gray represents gray- asexuality.  

 

The History of the Asexual Flag & What It Represents

The Asexual Flag

Asexuality is a term used by people who have a lack of sexual attraction to others, or the low desire for sexual activity. This is different from abstention from sexual activity and celibacy, which are behaviors individuals may do due to factors such as religious beliefs.  

However, some asexual individuals may engage with sexual activities, despite not feeling the sexual attraction or desire for sex. They may do sexual things for a variety of reasons, such as, the desire to please their partner sexually or to pleasure themselves or partner. 

The flag was created in 2010 by a member of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network as part of a contest during the same year (but for simplicity sake, I’ll be using the shorthand version, AVEN). Since its creation, it has been used officially used in various LGBTQIA+ spaces, as well as the popular social media site Tumblr. The AVEN logo is a triangle fading from white to black, which symbolizes the asexual spectrum (gray-asexuals, demisexuals, and asexuals).  

AVEN was founded by American asexual activist David Jay in 2001, and the organization focuses on issues surrounding the asexual community. Its goals are to, “creating public acceptance and discussion of asexuality and facilitating the growth of an asexual community.” 

The asexual flag has four horizontal stripes; black, grey, white, and purple from top to bottom. The black represents asexuality, the grey area represents the grey area between asexuality and sexuality (gray-asexual / demisexual), the white stripe sexuality, and the purple stripe represents community.

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The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) Logo

 

The History of the Trans Flag, Its Variations, & What It Represents

The Trans Flag

The trans flag was created by U.S. trans woman  Monica Helms in 1999,[4][5] and was shown at a Pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, United States in 2000. In addition, the UK flies the trans flag on  Transgender Day of Remembrance. The flag was also flown during San Francisco’s  Castro District (where the LGBTQIA+ flag flies) for the first time on 19 and 20 November 2012 in memory of Transgender Day of Remembrance; it was flown by drag queen La Monistat.

The flag represents the trans community, and has 5 horizontal stripes; light blue, pink, white, then baby pink, then light blue. Helms describes the flag as following; “The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls,”[6][7] and “the white stripe is for people that are non-binary, feel that they don’t have a gender.” In addition, the blue to pink represents MTF (male to female), and the pink to blue represents FTM (female to male) individuals. 

Transgender Flag (Jonathan Andrews Design)

In 1999, trans man Johnathan Andrew, on his blog “Adventures in Boyland”, designed and published a flag for those within the transgender community that identify as trans. This trans pride flag consists of seven stripes in light pink and light blue separated by thin white stripes and featuring, in the upper left hoist, a twinned Venus and Mars symbol (“⚥”) in lavender. The repeated pattern consisted of Helms’s more well-known flag design is almost identical. 

In Israeli, a third design is used for the transgender and genderqueer community; the flag has a neon green background (in order to stand out in public places), and a centered Venus, Mars, and Mars with stroke symbol (“⚧”) in black to represent transgender people. 

Israeli transgender and genderqueer flag

 

The *Brief* History of the Genderqueer Flag & What It Represents

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The Genderqueer Flag

The genderqueer flag was created by Marilyn Roxie in 2010 with the help of the genderqueer online community. The term, alongside the term non-binary, is an umbrella term for anyone who doesn’t identify with the gender binary (male and female) – individuals who identify as genderqueer/non-binary may express themselves using a combination of masculine or feminine clothing, or a combination of the to. 

In addition to being an umbrella term, genderqueer has been used as an adjective to describe people who, as I mentioned, challenge the gender binary. The genderqueer pride flag was designed in 2011 and consists of three colors – lavender, white and green. Lavender represents androgyny (meaning that someone combines masculine and feminine traits), or simply queerness, white represents agender identity (this refers to an individual doesn’t have a gender), and purple represents those who feel as though their gender identity is defined outside of the gender binary (male and female).