More colours, more meaning
To mark this year’s Calgary Pride celebration, YYC has updated our Pride crosswalk and symbols to better reflect the scope of the Pride movement and the people included within it by moving to the use of the Progress Pride Flag.
Want to get involved?
We want to know what Pride means to you – in a few sentences, share how you are celebrating Pride, what Pride and allyship mean to you, or tell us about a time you had a positive allyship experience at YYC. We will share these stories with our YYC community to keep the conversation going beyond Calgary Pride Week. Please reach out to Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. You can also display an act of allyship by taking a photo with your team at our updated crosswalk or letters and caption #YYCPride and tag @Fly_YYC on Instagram or @FlyYYC on Twitter.
By participating in this year’s Pride initiatives, you help activate our DEI strategy and contribute to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all.
About the Pride Flag:
You may be familiar with the Rainbow Flag as a symbol that accompanies Pride Celebrations around the world. Have you ever wondered what the flag means, where it came from, and why it keeps changing?
The original Pride Flag was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978, inspired by Harvey Milk to create a symbol of hope and community to accompany the Pride Movement – a political and social protest for equal rights inspired by the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
The Pride Flag was first used in San Francisco’s Pride March in 1978. In 1979, the year following Harvey Milk’s assassination, the use of the Pride Flag gained monumental traction and became synonymous with the Pride Movement.
Since then, Pride Flags have undergone reoccurring redesigns to acknowledge and honour different segments of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. In 2018, Daniel Quasar designed the Progress Pride Flag which has been widely adopted to date. The Progress Pride Flag incorporates a few additional stripes:
- White, Pink and Blue: the colors that make up the Transgender Flag.
- Black and Brown: represent the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) segments of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Representation of the Transgender and BIPOC communities in the Progress Pride Flag recognizes the contributions of these groups in initiating the Pride Movement, as well as providing acknowledgement and representation where their voices have not previously been amplified. The Progress Pride Flag aims to elevate marginalized queer identities further, and we are proud to raise awareness and amplify these voices through our update and display of the Progress Pride Flag.
What do the other stripes in the Pride Flag stand for?