Adding Black and Brown Stripes to Our LGBT Flag Will Only Divide Us More

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs debuted a new LGBT flag with black and brown stripes in their “More Color More Pride” campaign earlier this month. And it’s another act of inane political correctness from the far-left.

Introduced by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist in 1978 and then reduced to six stripes in 1979, the LGBT flag has been flying as a symbol of hope, unity and pride for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals regardless of race, faith, ability or nationality.

This new variation has proponents who want it permanent. Unsurprisingly, such opposition has been met with accusations of racism. As shown in my previous post, The Times spun an innocent mistake with libel to accuse Mark Tami MP of being a racist that led to him receiving revolting insults on Twitter. That politically correct trend to label opponents in a poor substitute for rational debate continues here and is spiralling out of control.

For example, Teen Vogue published an article by Phillip Henry that dishonestly mispresents the oppositional arguments. Undeniably, there are significant race problems in the LGBT community in addition to that of an institutional nature but his article quickly nosedives into a tangent, not explaining how convoluting the flag’s message benefits any of the real race problems in both the LGBT community. Apart from calling all those who voice opposition “racists”, obviously.

The LGBT race-neutral colours’ meanings of life, healing, sunshine, nature, harmony, and spirit. It already applies to all and everyone. Adding these stripes implies that without them the LGBT flag does not apply, and that it is just for those of white ethnicity.

I’ve received discrimination in the LGBT community for being bisexual, overweight and present on the autism spectrum. Granted, being overweight is my own fault. But just as each of us are born with our skin colour, I was also born with minor autism and bisexuality.

More broadly, we can also look at Asians, butches, femmes, transgendered and the disabled. These are human beings too that did not choose their genetics yet face mounting prejudice on apps like Grindr. By this politically correct logic, to deny those above individuals stripes who too face harsh relegation is surely racist, ableist, transphobic and anti-autism.

When we promote certain groups, we lose the idea of the rainbow and the hope it provides to so many. That all are equal and all are deserving of humane treatment.

It isn’t a magic wand. It won’t be “a step towards inclusivity” as Philly’s Pride Flag event spokesman claims. It’s not going to suddenly invite the apparent newly-promoted ethnicities to brunch. Or stop “no blacks” in bios on Grindr. Nor certainly will it level the employment market. And it’s not going to stop the systematic racism that plagues the healthcare, justice and education systems.

The LGBT movement is designed to bring cohesion as a family and to reduce bias in the world-at-large. And that’s exactly what we need to carry on fighting towards. Not adding meaningless bands to promote select clusters, discarding others aside. That only divides us more.

About the author: Ryan Konkolewski

I write on various topics like technology, marketing, North East Wales and politics from a mostly left-of-centre perspective. I am also a member of the Labour Party and serve as Shotton BLP Exec Rep to the CLP. I'm also a member of LGBT Labour, Jewish Labour Movement and union GMB.

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