You can read more about the city’s decision to redesign the Pride flag here, but long story short the project was undertaken in order to remind residents of the importance of LGBTQ+ people of color to the LGBTQ+ community at large.
(If you’d like to learn more about what the other colors on the Pride flag mean, just check out this post I wrote on the subject last June!)
Although Philly has a large POC population their gay bars, gayborhoods, et cetera have been plagued by racism. Plus, when you think about the social/political situation of this country as a whole right now, we could all use a reminder that LGBTQ+ people of color matter, since they are one of the groups most under attack by this new administration.
Obviously, we need to go much further than merely redesigning the flag by providing more tangible resources and not just lip service, but it’s good to see people taking a stand in this way.
The flag hasn’t been around for very long – just a few weeks, I think? – but I already feel as though I’ve seen it everywhere in the news, which is great. It honestly couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
So… here’s a big old shout-out to all the LGBTQ+ people of color in this country and in this world. Never forget: Without people just like you – like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who threw some of the first bricks at Stonewall on June 28, 1969 – we wouldn’t have the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. We wouldn’t have Pride without you. THANK YOU.