Recently in Philadelphia, an unlikely pride flag was hoisted outside the City Hall. Unlike the usual rainbow coloured flag that represents a movement in favour of the LGBTQIA community, this new flag included what looked like a black and a brown stripe. Besides looking completely out of place against the rest of the colours, the LGBTQ+ community took issue with what they represented.

The new additions to the flag actually mark the inclusivity of people of colour and while the intention behind may have been sympathetic to the local community, it has sparked a controversy across the world and rightfully so, ’cause this new flag is just downright absurd.

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Marchers unfurl a huge rainbow flag as they prepare to march in the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington. (Courtesy: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The issue with the new pride flag is that while it seemingly includes people of colour, it is actually excluding them by counting them separately. Was the old flag only meant for people who are white? No. It was to represent all lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, asexuals, etc. and that pans across the different races spread across the world. With the addition of two new stripes, it seems as though the previous six hues never included say, a transgendered African-American woman.

Additionally, racial issues is a completely different subject from LGBTQ+ community. While the atrocities faced by people of colour are not indisputable, they are disparate from homophobia, even for a person of colour belonging to the LGBTQ+ community.

Had the new stripes meant something other than racialising the pride flag, it still would have been something one could get behind since the flag has undergone several changes in the last few decades. But this is something exclusive of the true intent of the LGBT Movement.

To all the people who claim that the hate over this new pride flag depicts racism, picture this- will you be content if the Black Lives Matter movement suddenly started pushing for bisexual rights? Would you have been happy if the Women’s March had been more “lesbian-inclusive”? While none of those things disregards the transgressions faced by another community, it simply doesn’t sound reasonable to blend different movements.

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