The calendar turns to June and suddenly there are rainbows everywhere!
June is LGBTQ Pride month, which is known as a month to celebrate everyone in the community, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Berkshire Pride is hosting a parade and festival in Pittsfield on Saturday, June 4. The parade will begin on Eagle Street at 11:30 a.m. and it will make its way toward The Common. There, a festival will take place until 4 p.m. Along with the traditional rainbow flag, you may see other flags being waved at Pride events, but what is the meaning behind those flags?
According to Queer in the World, the Rainbow or Gay Pride flag most often seen is known as the overarching umbrella flag to represent the gay community as a whole, but some may wish to display a more specific flag to represent their identity.
“When we are talking about the different LGBTQ Flags and their meanings, there is far more than just this one flag,” their website states. “In fact, there are now over 50 flags recognized among the LGBTQ+ community, each used to symbolize different gender identities and sexual orientations within. While most queer individuals would also identify with the all-encompassing rainbow flag, many want to have their own individual flag.”
Here are some of the flags you’re likely to see this month and a general idea behind the color choices and what they represent. It’s important to remember that individuals may have and are certainly entitled to a different interpretation of what the flag and colors represent for them.
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