Manchester Pride: Does the rainbow flag need black and brown stripes?

Jan 15, 2019 by

by Michael Baggs, BBC:

The rainbow flag with six colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, is the most well-known symbol for the LGBT community.

Now, Manchester Pride has revealed it’s using a different flag for its 2019 event – one that includes black and brown stripes.

It says the additions are to ensure people from black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds feel represented and welcome at their events.

But the change has had a mixed reaction.

A fierce debate has raged between people who believe the move is inclusive and those who feel it is unnecessary.

“The suggested flag is patronising and offensive to BAME LGBT communities,” Jon, from Sheffield, tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“The whole point of the rainbow flag is it literally represents anybody and everybody.

“Once you start including this group or that group you’ve lost that diversity and universality.”

Other people share Jon’s views and have said so on social media.

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