A NEW campaign in the U.S. is pushing to add a black and a brown stripe to the iconic rainbow flag as a way to represent people of colour in the queer community, who often face double discrimination.
The new design was unveiled during a flag-raising ceremony where the Office of LGBT Affairs chose people of colour as presenters and performers.
The campaign’s website says: “to fuel this important conversation, we’ve expanded the colours of the flag to include black and brown. It may seem like a small step. But together we can make big strides toward a truly inclusive community.”
In an interview with Philadelphia Gay News the city’s director of LGBT affairs, Amber Hikes, said: “seeing an image like this flag instills so much pride in me as a queer black woman.”
Many took to social media to commend the move in Philadelphia, and extend hopes that the revised flag will take off in other places around the world.
— Marc Coleman (@MarcPhilly) June 8, 2017
— Lexapro Luthor (@RATEDAR) June 11, 2017
Just add the damn black and brown to the rainbow flag 🏳️🌈 smh ❄️
— Ivan R (@ivansaurX) June 10, 2017
However, others have taken to social media to deride the move and ask why ‘white’ isn’t being incorporated into the new flag.
So they've added a black and brown stripe to the rainbow flag, why haven't they added a white stripe too? 🤷🏼♂️
— Dan (@DanDares2) June 10, 2017
Adding black and brown to the rainbow flag!?! It's supposed to be a RAINBOW, R-A-I-N-B-O-W 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈.
— CYRUSS (@v_cyruzz) June 10, 2017
Also honestly adding brown and black to a RAINBOW flag, completely ruins the good look of it RIP
— 💖Pink Yipper💖 (@JenTheFoxy) June 9, 2017
The rainbow flag was initially designed by the late Gilbert Baker in 1978.