New-look Pride Flag debuts

new pride flagAs LGBTQ+ Pride Month comes to a close with the 45th annual Seattle Pride Parade this weekend, King County will again hoist a flag in celebration and solidarity. As you’re able, please join Executive Constantine and your fellow employees, Thursday, June 27, at 1 p.m. on the Administration Plaza for a flag-raising ceremony. This year, we’ll be debuting a new version of the flag.

The “Progress” Pride Flag was designed by Daniel Quasar of quasar.digital and shared under a Creative Commons license. This new design is an evolution of the traditional six-stripe rainbow flag, and is meant to be more representative of the entire LGBTQ+ community. It adds five stripes on the left, arranged as forward-pointing arrows. The white, light pink, and light blue stripes represent transgender and non-binary people. The black and brown stripes symbolize communities of color. The black stripe also honors the lives lost to HIV/AIDS. A Kickstarter that ran in 2018 garnered more than 500 supporters to make the new design a reality.

“The initial idea was important because I felt like I could bring something to the table when it came to the way the [Pride] flag was shifting within the community,” Quasar said in the Kickstarter. “We still have movement forward to make. There still is work to be done. I wanted to highlight that.”

King County is proud to fly this new Progress Pride Flag over our facilities, including our Metro Transit bus bases. We are also proud to walk as One King County in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30 at 11 a.m. You, your family, and your friends are welcome to join us!