Pride Flag with extra colors

This year, Philadelphia expanded the colors of the rainbow flag to include black and brown, and the revised version of the traditional pride flag is also welcomed in Denmark by several organisations who see a need for even more inclusion.

Pride Flag with extra colors

When the City of Philadelphia decided to add a black and a brown stripe to the pride flag back in early June this year, it sparked a debate within many LGBTQIA communities around the world. Some find it unnecessary and divisive while others feel that more focus on racism and discrimination within the LGBTQIA community is needed.

In Denmark the “Philadelphia flag” has been welcomed by Sabaah, the Copenhagen-based association who works to support minority ethnic LGBT+ people.

“It would be a mistake to think that minorities do not discriminate or suppress other minority groups. The LGBT+ community is therefore not exempt from racism and discrimination, and this is why the Philadelphia rainbow flag is welcomed in the battle for minority rights ”, said Mateen Hussain, Chairperson of Sabaah.

“It would be a mistake to think that minorities do not discriminate or suppress other minority groups. The LGBT+ community is therefore not exempt from racism and discrimination, and this is why the Philadelphia rainbow flag is welcomed in the battle for minority rights ”, said Mateen Hussain, Chairperson of Sabaah.

The extra stripes have also been criticised by some who find it unnecessary to suddenly have the rainbow flag showing certain skin colors.

“There is a presumption among gay white men that the rainbow flag already represents everyone”, said Amanda Hikes, executive director of the office of LGBT Affairs at the City of Philadelphia.

“When other variations of the pride flag have been introduced, such as striped flags representing bisexual or transgender pride, there was significantly less criticism”, Hikes said.

Mateen Hussain from Sabaah points out that the extra stripes help bring necessary attention to the special challenges that people of color face.

“It is really all about visualising a minority within a minority and that is best done by showing that minority ethnic groups in the LGBT+ community exist and that their experiences are just as important and real. It all happens through representation”, said Mateen Hussain.

It seems likely that the Philadelphia pride flag will be waved by groups marching in Copenhagen Pride Parade this year, and this pleases the chairperson from Copenhagen Pride:

“I welcome it and I applaud it. I believe that people should march with whatever flag they feel represent themselves and their battles in the best possible way. And there is no doubt that discrimination and racism inside our own community is an extremely important subject”, said Lars Henriksen, Chairperson of Copenhagen Pride.

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