The month of June is known as pride month, and that means it is when we celebrate and fight for LGBTQ rights. For many years, cities and communities have gathered to help stop harassment and mistreatment of this community. Slowly, lawmakers and politicians are working hard to make sure this community is protected and that their rights aren’t taken away. This month we’ve all seen the rainbow flag everywhere which represents the LGBTQ community, but there is also a Genderfluid flag.
Not many people know what the Genderfluid flag is or what exactly it stands for. Since pride month is here let’s take a look at what exactly is the flag, and learn more about its history.
What Does Genderfluid Mean?
Before we discuss the flag, we should learn more about what Genderfluid stands for. A lot of people who consider themselves Genderfluid are those who do not identify with one gender. For example, some women do not identify themselves as just women but can sometimes also identify as men.
This means they define themselves based on how they feel that day, it changes over time. Genderfluid overall just means flexibility with gender and allowing people to not feel tied down to being female or male.
Understanding The Genderfluid Flag
Now that we understand what the definition of Genderfluid is let’s take a look at the flag. This flag represents all genders and comes with five-color stripes that stand for different identities. The pink stripe stands for femininity and being female.
The white stands for people who feel a lack of gender not identifying to one specifically. The third purple stripe is for both female and masculine, for those who represent both and identify with both.
Another stripe is black, which is for all the other genders outside of females or males and Pangender. Pangender means that you are open to all gender identities and don’t identify yourself to just one gender. The final stripe is blue and represents masculinity for those who identify as male.
A Look Back At Its History
The flag is actually pretty new, designed in 2012 by JJ Poole (They/Them) who is from New York. At the time they did not identify themselves to one gender and were disappointed by the lack of representation. They decided it was time to take matters into their own hands and design a couple of flag ideas on Photoshop. After coming up with a couple of designs, they submitted to a Tumblr blog that speaks to Genderfluidity and Genderfluid people.
Following its release on Tumblr, the flag took off and can now be seen everywhere. Before this flag, there was only a couple of flags for the LGBTQ community. These flags were the LGBTQ Rainbow flag, the Bisexual, and the Transgender flag. In 2009 another flag took over before the Genderfluid one came out, which was the Intersex flag.
Celebrities Who Identify as Genderfluid
Now that people are becoming more comfortable identifying themselves in public, celebrities are also doing the same. Over the years, actors and singers came out as Bisexual, Transgender, Pansexual, and Gender fluid. Famous celebrities who identify as Genderfluid are Jonathan Van Ness, Amandla Stenberg, Sam Smith, Ruby Rose, and Demi Lovato.
Famous singer Demi Lovato recently announced that she was Genderfluid. The 28-year-old wrote on Twitter, “I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary & will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward.”
Lovato also wrote “This has come after a lot of healing & self-reflective work. I’m still learning & coming into myself, & I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me.”
Many people were proud that Demi feels comfortable announcing that on Twitter and consider her a role model. “I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths & know I am sending so much love your way xoxo.” She wrote in support of her fans who might also be struggling with their sexuality and identity.
How To Contribute To The Community
Now that we know a little more about being Genderfluid, let’s look at ways to give back. It’s always amazing to support different communities and since it’s pride month why not support them? Volunteering in programs like The Trevor Project is a good way to start. The Trevor Project is a program providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to youths in the LGBTQ community.
Ways to volunteer in such programs are by checking out their websites and finding out ways to either donate or volunteer in their offices. Another way to contribute to the community is by going to different events held by them. Events such as the NYC pride festivals and rallies being held this upcoming weekend all over Manhattan.