June is Pride Month, and 2022 sees the 50th anniversary of Pride in the UK. Bude-Stratton Town Council stands in support of the whole Pride community.
This June BSTC will mark Pride month by supporting and celebrating the achievements of local activists and educators. These inspirational allies are committed to ensuring that every single individual in our community regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics receives an equal opportunity to live their truth: with freedom from discrimination.
Look out for the Intersex Progress Pride flag which you’ll see flying in the parish for the whole month, in support of Pride.
The Pride flag was originally designed in 1978, by American artist and gay rights activist, Gilbert Baker, with each colour assuming a special meaning. Red for Life, Orange for Healing, Yellow for Sunlight, Green for Nature, Blue for Peace/Harmony/Art and Violet for Spirit.
In 2018, artist Daniel Quasar released a redesign of the Pride flag, known as the Progress Pride flag which included black, brown, pink, pale blue and white stripes to represent marginalised people of colour in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the trans community. “The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, whilst being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made,” the artist explained.
And then, last year, Valentino Vecchietti of Intersex Equality Rights UK shared an updated version of the Progress Pride flag, which included a yellow triangle and purple circle to represent the intersex community. It is this flag you will see flying on BSTC flagpoles this June.