Artist Daniel Quasar hopes people will accept the design as a symbol of forward movement.
The Pride flag hasn’t really changed in the years since Gilbert Baker designed it and first flew it four decades ago. In 2017 there was some controversy surrounding the addition of brown and black stripes to represent queer people of color.
But non-binary demiguy Daniel Quasar hopes to change all of that with this newest inspiration called the “progress Pride flag” which adds elements of the trans flag and includes the black and brown stripes.
The black stripe in this "reboot" according to Daniel in a Facebook post is to honor “those living with AIDS, those no longer living, and the stigma surrounding them.”
Originally there were eight colors in Baker's flag, but due to fabric availability hot pink was removed and indigo and turquoise were eventually replaced by royal blue. If flown correctly red is always on top followed by orange, yellow, green, blue and finally purple.
“The 6 stripe LGBT flag should be separated from the newer stripes because of their difference in meaning, as well as to shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate,” Daniel explains. “The main section of the flag (background) includes the traditional 6 stripe LGBT flag as seen in its original form so as not to take away from its original meaning.”
The trans flag was created by Monica Helms in 1999 and made its debut 18 years ago at Phoenix Arizona Pride. Helms has explained the meaning of her creation in the past:
“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. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives."
Daniel doesn't want to alter the spirit of Baker's original banner but instead hopes this design celebrates the past while speaking about the future.
“The trans flag stripes and marginalized community stripes were shifted to the hoist of the flag and given a new arrow shape,” Daniel says. “The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made.”
Currently living in Oregon, Quasar, is raising money for the project and has therefore launched a Kickstarter campaign. He is was only seeking to raise $14,000 but has beat that goal raising nearly $15,000 so far.
Progress Pride flag design by Daniel Quasar