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Flying over City Hall Plaza, a new flag reflects LGBTQ diversity for Pride Month

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 6/7/2020 Grace Griffin
The Unity flag waved in the wind above City Hall Plaza next to an American flag and a Massachusetts state flag. © City of Boston The Unity flag waved in the wind above City Hall Plaza next to an American flag and a Massachusetts state flag.

A Unity flag now flies above City Hall Plaza, marking the 50th anniversary of LGBTQ Pride Month in Boston. Introduced to the city this year, it brings black and brown stripes (representing marginalized LGBTQ communities of color) to the traditional rainbow flag. Also added are pastel blue, pink, and white stripes (for transgender pride).

The flag was created in 2018 by Portland, Ore.-based graphic designer Daniel Quasar and was selected by Boston Pride organizers with the support of Mayor Marty Walsh. “I’m proud to stand firm with Boston’s Black and Brown LGBTQ community, celebrate the entire LGBTQ community’s incredible legacy, and recommit ourselves to racial justice and progress during this crucial moment in our city’s history,” Walsh wrote in an e-mail statement.

In past years, the city has flown the traditional eight-color rainbow flag, designed by activist and artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. In an effort to better reflect the intersections of racial, gender, and sexual orientation, Boston Pride has pledged to meet with city officials and the LGBTQ community to create its very own Boston Pride flag for June 2021. Boston Pride plans to hold listening sessions with interested community members. No dates have been announced, but updates can be found on bostonpride.org.

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