The city of Philadelphia officially added the colors black and brown to the gay pride flag as part of a move toward “inclusivity.”
According to the official website for “More Color More Pride,” the black and brown additions to the flag are a part of campaign “recognizing people of color in the LGBTQ+ community.”
“It may seem like a small step. But together we can make big strides toward a truly inclusive community,” the website reads.
A video on the site says, “The rainbow flag is the single most recognizable icon for the LBGTQ community. It’s a symbol for everyone to rally around. Yet communities across the country are divided. People of color have been marginalized, ignored, and even intentionally excluded. We say that we’re inclusive. We celebrate it. Now it’s time to go further. To broaden the horizons of our community. To change our iconic symbol. It’s just a start, but it’s a start.”
Amber Hikes, the director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, said, “We’re proud to host this celebration for the community to come together not just for Pride, but also to reinforce our strides towards combatting discrimination within our community, honor the lives of our black and brown LGBTQ siblings, and uplift our shared commitment to diversity and inclusion within our community.”
Mayor Jim Kenney added, “I’m proud to join the LGBTQ community in the fight for justice, equality and stand in solidarity with all members of the LGBTQ Community.”
On the “More Color More Pride” website, supporters can buy flags, banners, decals, and stickers. Supporters can also create their “own pride swag” by using the flag.
While Philadelphia is explicitly calling for inclusivity and intersectionality between the black community and the gay community, Black Lives Matter activists interrupted the Washington, D.C. gay pride parade on Saturday due to anger over police presence.
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