As part of the Cardiff Pride: More Than A Month campaign, we attended Pride Cymru in Cardiff and spoke to young people about all things LGBTQ+ related. This blog shares how young people explained what the flags that they were wearing meant.
Avery, 19 – My flag means to me the love for everyone no matter what. For me specifically, although this is known as the pan flag, it’s panromantic to me. It’s just because I don’t base attraction on gender at all. It’s more about the connection that I form with people to me. So the more I make a connection the more likely I am to eventually develop feelings for people.
Toby, 15 – This one is the pansexual flag. Pan means that you love everybody basically. It’s kind of you love everyone despite what they look like, despite gender or anything like that. It’s pure love for the soul.
Maddie, 16 – For me it’s like I’m a girl but sometimes I don’t feel like a girl, but I don’t feel like a man. So like it’s in the middle.
Gender fluid flag
Mal, 18 – This is the gender-fluid flag. Basically, my gender fluctuates. Sometimes I feel like ooh, I’m a man and sometimes I feel like nothing. Either way, I’m just vibing.
Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride flag
Jess, 18 – This is like the full updated rainbow flag. I am the trans* part there [the pink, light blue and white].
Kerenza – Asexual, so that means I have no sexual attraction. Like I have a boyfriend but he is fine with it and we have a very happy relationship, showing that you don’t need to have sex to have a good healthy relationship. We’re probably actually the healthiest relationship I know of!
Toby, 15 – My one is the trans* flag. I’m trans, female to male, and I came out 2 years ago. Trans* means you go from basically one to the other – it’s a transition.
Ffion, 15 – My flag is lesbian. Essentially it’s like, well depending on what definition you look at it’s either women who only love women or it’s non-men who only love non-men.
Here’s the history of the Pride flag.
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