Graphic designer Daniel Quasar (above) has put upon himself a noble task of redesigning the LGBT Rainbow flag (originally designed in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker) to further encourage and sustain greater inclusion. He added five arrow shaped lines to the six color Rainbow flag – he included black and brown stripes as a representation of LGBT communities of color as well as pink, light blue and white lines as homage to the Transgender Pride flag.

Quasar took from a flag adopted in 2017 by the city of Philadelphia (see directly below) that added black and brown stripes to the top of the Rainbow flag to represent LGBT communities of color. In Quasar’s eyes, these black and brown colors don’t only represent LGBT people of color, but also those living with AIDS and those no longer living.

Quasar took the pastel pink, blue, and white colors from the Transgender flag (see directly below) which was originally designed by activist Monica Helms in 1999. The arrows pointing from the left towards the right in his new creation are meant to represent “forward movement” and “progress that still needs to be made.”

The artists stated that he felt the six-striped LGBT flag should be visually separated from the newer stripes due to their difference in meaning, as well as to “shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate.”

Quasar has a crowdfunding campaign called ‘Progress – A Pride Flag Reboot‘ aimed at raising funds for the manufacture of his new creation in flag and sticker form.  The campaign  has already exceeded its target of $14,000 – it has raised about $20,800 to date from over 400 backers and it still has 8 days to go.  See the new flag below.

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