Flags at City Hall Honour 2021 PRIDE Week
June 25, 2021
The City of Victoria is proud to be a welcoming and inclusive community for all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. In honour of 2021 PRIDE Week, we’re flying nine flags adjacent to Victoria City Hall on Pandora Avenue from June 25 to July 5.
The Pride, Asexual, Bisexual, Genderqueer, Non-Binary, Pansexual, Polysexual, Transgender and Two-Spirit flags will be flown in support of the LGBTQ2+ community.
In addition, this year the Progress Pride Flag has been raised on the City's flagpole on Pandora Avenue and lowered to half-mast in continuing acknowledgement of the deep grief of families from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation, and families from other Nations, whose children attended residential school and never returned home.
About the LGBTQ2+ Flags
Below is a brief description of each flag and the community each flag is commonly considered to represent. An individual’s self-identification or perception of the following descriptions may differ from the information provided.
Progress Pride Flag (chevron added to multi-coloured rainbow Pride Flag)
While retaining the common six-stripe rainbow design as a base, the "Progress" variation adds a chevron that features black, brown, light blue, pink, and white stripes to bring those communities (marginalized people of colour, trans individuals, those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost) to the forefront. The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the edges shows that progress still needs to be made.
Pride Flag (multicolored flag resembling a rainbow)
Commonly known as the Gay Pride flag or LGBTQ2+ Pride flag, is a symbol for LGBTQ2+ social movements around the world.
Asexual Flag (four horizontal stripes: black, grey, white and purple)
Asexuality can include individuals who do not feel sexual attraction for others, or those whose attractions do not need to be realized in any sexual manner.
Bisexual Flag (three horizontal stripes: pink, purple and blue)
Bisexuality is commonly considered to be the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards more than one sex or gender.
Genderqueer Flag (three horizontal stripes: purple, white and green)
Commonly represents gender identities that do not fall into the common transgender narrative and consider their gender expression or identities to be queer or non-normative.
Non-Binary Flag (four horizontal stripes: yellow, white, purple, and black)
Commonly represents gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine, identities that don’t experience any specific gender, and identities that exist outside of the gender binary model.
Pansexual Flag (three horizontal stripes: pink, yellow and blue)
Pansexuality can include the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity.
Polysexual Flag (three horizontal stripes: pink, green and blue)
Polysexuality can include the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction to multiple, but not all, genders.
Transgender Flag (five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pink, and one white in the centre)
Transgender is an umbrella term that includes individuals whose gender identity does not correspond with the gender they were assigned at birth.
Two-Spirit Flag (a rainbow with feathers or a dream catcher in the centre)
Commonly represents Indigenous persons who house both masculine and feminine, or other spirits. It may refer to cultural, spiritual, sexual or gender identities.
Victoria Pride Week Festival
The Victoria Pride Week Festival is June 28 – July 4 and features a range of virtual events including the Youth Pride Kick-Off Party, Queer Activism Night, Virtual Big Gay Dog Walk, Pride in the Word, #YYJ Pride Parade and the Victoria Pride Festival Extravaganza Show. Learn more.