A Bookish Guide to Pride Flags

Rainbow gay pride flag

The rainbow Pride flag is a pretty recognizeable symbol, but did you know that there are many other flags to represent subcommunities that fall under the larger LGBTQ+ umbrella?  Here are a few that may not be as familiar, along with books featuring characters and stories from the community each flag represents!

Bisexual Pride Flag

To help increase the visibility of people who identify as bisexual, Michael Page created this flag in 1998.

Bisexual pride flag


Cover art: Rabbits by Terry Miles  Cover art: Another Country by James Baldwin  Cover art: Hild by Nicola Griffith  Cover art: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston  Cover art: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay  Cover art: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado


Asexual and Aromantic Pride Flags

Asexuality and aromanticism each represent a spectrum that may or may not overlap.  People who are asexual may also be aromantic, or identify as homo-, hetero-, bi- or demi-romantic, or something else entirely!

Asexual pride flag   Aromantic pride flag

Cover art: Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann  Cover art: Ace by Angela Chen    Cover art: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire  Cover art: Jughead, Volume 1 by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson  Cover art: The Bone People by Keri Hulme  Cover art: Rick by Alex Gino


Nonbinary Pride Flag

Gender is much more complex than just male or female.  Some people fall somewhere in between, some people are both, and some people identify as nonbinary: neither male nor female.

Nonbinary pride flag

Cover art: Provenance by Ann Leckie     Cover art: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers     Cover art: When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo Cover art: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin



Transgender Pride Flag

This flag celebrates the transgender community.  It was designed by Monica Helms, a trans woman, in 1999.

Transgender pride flag

Cover art: Detransition, Baby! by Torrey Peters  Cover art: When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemoreCover art: The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar  Cover art: The Four Profoung Weaves by R. B. Lemberg  Cover art: The Seep by Chana Porter  Cover art: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson


Lesbian Pride Flag

As with many pride flags, there are several variations of the lesbian pride flag, but the version most commonly flown today includes seven stripes in shades of orange and pink/purple with a white stripe at the center.

Lesbian pride flag

Cover art: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir  Cover art: The Price of Salt, or Carol by Patricia Highsmith  Cover art: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue  Cover art: Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo  Cover art: Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett  Cover art: Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht


Progress Pride Flag

This flag, designed in 2018 by Daniel Quasar, incorporates both the commonly used six stripe rainbow as well as a chevron of additional stripes on the left hand side of the flag.  The stripes of the chevron represent LGBTQ+ communities of color, as well as transgender pink/white/blue stripes to better acknowledge these marginalized groups.  The chevron forms an arrow indicating forward progress, but because it's at the left side of the flag, it also indicates that there's more progress yet to be made, especially in areas of intersectionality.

Progress pride flag

Cover art: Elatsoe by Darcie Little BadgerCover art: The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta  Cover art: Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby  Cover art: The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin  Cover art: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse  Cover art: How to Cure a Ghost by Fariha Roisin