Redesigned pride flag recognizes LGBT people of color

The city of Philadelphia unveiled this flag in a ceremony last week.

Story highlights

  • New flag adds black and brown stripes to represent LGBTQ people of color
  • Philadelphia may be first city to symbolically recognize racism within LGBTQ community

(CNN)When the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal nationwide two years ago, the White House was illuminated with rainbow lights reminiscent of the pride flag to celebrate.

For Amber Hikes and many others in the LGBT community, the lights were a powerful symbol of a government's support for a marginalized community that had historically struggled to be recognized, much less openly supported.
Now Hikes, a black queer woman, is excited about a new gay-rights symbol: a pride flag with additional black and brown stripes above the rest of the rainbow. The stripes represent LGBT individuals of color, a group that can often be overlooked within the overall LGBT umbrella.
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