;

A More Inclusive Acronym and Flag

Written by CEO Albert Kruger

Please find below an explanation for the community acronym and pride flag that Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has adopted in our communications. We suggest our partners and allies use the same when talking to and about our communities.

FROM LGBT TO LGBTQIA+: THE EVOLUTION OF OUR ACRONYM

This acronym is L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+.

Identity within the community is varied. LGBTQIA+ people don’t necessarily all identify in the same way,  so words really matter. To ensure you are communicating in an inclusive way, we encourage you to understand what these definitions mean and when, why and how we use them.

The acronym Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras uses is LGBTQIA+ and we suggest that our partners use it too. 

For our communities, the acronym is important; it says ‘we see you for who you are’.

THE PROGRESS PRIDE FLAG

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras now uses the Progress Pride Flag as the official flag to represent our communities.

In recent years, brands and activists around the world have simultaneously and without any co-ordination, been adopting ‘The Progress Flag’ as their symbol for LGBTQIA+ people.

Originally designed in 2018 by non-binary artist and graphic designer Daniel Quasar (xe/they), the Progressive Pride Flag aims to integrate the full extent of our LGBTQIA+ communities. Building upon the striped rainbow flag which has symbolised queer pride since the 70s, the Progress Pride flag includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalised communities of colour, along with the colours pink, light blue and white, which are used on the transgender flag.

According to Quasar, the newer stripes are visually separated from the original pride flag to “shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate.”

You may also be interested in

  • The Transgender Experience

    The conversation around transitioning and the life of a transgender person is still unbelievably being questioned to this day. It’s an area that desperately needs positive change and representation as we fight for safety, awareness and the kind of gender euphoria experienced by cis people every single day. In this episode of Queer Thinking we […]

    Read more

  • 2022 Annual Report: United We Shine

    I’m proud to present to you the 2022 Annual Report, available to read here.

    Read more

  • The Bi+ Experience

    Bisexuality is a mis and underrepresented part of the LGBTQIA+ community. As more people identify as multi-gender attracted, more conversations are highlighting thenuances of bi identity and the detrimental impacts of bi erasure. Today, we’ll be delving into the world of those who are bisexual and multi-gender attracted.Some studies have shown that these communities actually […]

    Read more

X

Acknowledgement

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we celebrate and work.

We pay our respects to Elders past and present and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

Cookies on this website

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By continuing to use this site you agree to all of the cookies in use.

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges that our events take place on Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidigal, Darug and Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.