What is the Gay Pride flag? What do the rainbow colors mean?
The rainbow flag has become widely known as a symbol for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ communities.
It is typically made up of six stripes which appear in descending order from red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet, which are positioned horizontally.
Originally there were eight colours in the flag, including hot pink and turquoise, with each having their own meaning.
The amount was later reduced to due to limited availability of the hot pink fabric.
What do the rainbow colours in the Pride flag mean?
Each color in the original flag had a different meaning, which many still celebrate today. When the flag was first created, each color in the rainbow design had a different meaning
- Hot pink – sex
- Red – life
- Orange – healing
- Yellow – sunlight
- Green – nature
- Turquoise – magic/art
- Indigo – serenity
- Violet – spirit