LGBTQA Welcoming Committee Displays New Rainbow Flag
When you drive by the A Street side of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, look for the flag from the LGBTQA Welcoming Committee displayed next to the Black Lives Matter banner.
We are proud to display the flag because it represents how far the LGBTQA community has come in the past 50 years.
The history of the rainbow flag begins with the San Francisco Parade's Organizing Committee adopting the LGBT Rainbow Flag design in 1982. They decided that red would stand for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for serenity, and violet for spirit. The rainbow flag was quickly adopted by LGBTQA organizations all over the United States and, indeed, all over the world.
Graphic designer Daniel Quasar added a five-colored chevron to the LGBTQ+ Rainbow Flag to place greater emphasis on "inclusion and progression". He uses black and brown stripes to represent LGBTQ+ communities of color, with the blue stripe representing transgender males, the pink stripe representing transgender females, and the white triangle representing individuals who are gender neutral or gender fluid. He borrowed these colors from the Transgender Pride Flag, which was designed by Monica Helms in 1999.
As we in the queer community have sought to be inclusive of individuals with fluid gender expression and identity, we are gratified to see the larger community in Lincoln do the same in schools, churches, organizations, and businesses.
The mission of the LGBTQA Welcoming Committee is to facilitate inclusion and speak up about the concerns of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, and/or queer at every level of congregational life, welcoming not only their presence but the unique gifts and particulars of their lives.