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🏳️‍🌈- rainbow flag emoji

or rainbow flag emoji [reyn-boh flag ih-moh-jee]

What does 🏳️‍🌈 mean?

Out and proud! The rainbow flag emoji represents, supports, and identifies with the LGBTQ community, especially during Pride Month every June.

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🦄 - unicorn face emoji , 🌈 - rainbow emoji , queer, ally, 👬 - two men holding hands emoji , 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 - kiss: woman, woman emoji , gay adjacent

Where does 🏳️‍🌈- rainbow flag emoji come from?

Did you know that the rainbow flag has only existed as a symbol of the LGBTQ community since 1978? That’s when San Francisco politician and iconic gay rights activist Harvey Milk commissioned Gilbert Baker, a drag queen and US military veteran, to create a new flag to represent the LGBTQ community.

The previous flag featured a pink triangle that Nazis used as badges to mark gay people—powerful but dark. Baker designed the rainbow initially with eight colors, later narrowed down to six for practicality. The History Channel provides a helpful explanation for the symbolism:

“The different colors within the flag were meant to represent togetherness, since LGBT people come in all races, ages and genders, and rainbows are both natural and beautiful. The original flag featured eight colors, each having a different meaning. At the top was hot pink, which represented sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow signifying sunlight, green for nature, turquoise to represent art, indigo for harmony, and finally violet at the bottom for spirit.”

In 2015, after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, self-described “queer trans feminist nerd” Noah Slater requested the Unicode Consortium—the organization that approves new emojis—add a rainbow flag that “unambiguously symbolizes queer pride.” Unicode took action in Emoji 4.0 in 2016, making available a rainbow flag emoji as a sequence of the white flag emoji 🏳️ and rainbow emoji 🌈, yielding 🏳️‍🌈.

Also called the pride flag emoji, the rainbow flag emoji shows a waving rainbow flag on most platforms, though Microsoft and JoyPixels show it on a pole.

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Unicode updates in 2016 also introduced various same-sex couple emoji, such as two women holding hands 👭, further expanding the emoji palette for the LGBTQ community.

Examples of 🏳️‍🌈- rainbow flag emoji

the world has bigger problems than girls that kiss girls and boys that kiss boys 🌈🏳️‍🌈. happy pride month... ❤💛💚💙💜
@gomezshavana, June, 2017
Last year, I attended my first-ever Pride parade with my sorority friends. It felt awesome to have people who love and support me by my side for such a monumental day. For my Instagram caption, I chose to go with a simple and timely "babashook. 🏳️‍🌈" (Remember The Babadook?) This year, only time will tell if there's an unofficial new gay mascot meme, but here's my stab at some Pride-friendly captions to go with your perfect pic.
Elana Rubin, Elite Daily, June, 2018
oh / 🏳️‍🌈 oh fuck 🏳️‍🌈 / 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈 / 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈 / 🏳️‍🌈 fuck sorry guys /🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈 / 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈sorry im dropping /gay all over the 🏳️‍🌈 place 🏳️‍🌈
@geesdimple, June, 2018
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Who uses 🏳️‍🌈- rainbow flag emoji ?

The rainbow flag emoji is a favorite among the online LGBTQ community. Users often add it to their usernames on social-media platforms to identify themselves as a LGBTQ.

Usage of the rainbow flag emoji picks up every June, honored as Gay Pride Month. From everyday users celebrating their sexuality to brands showing their support for the LGBTQ community, social media gets more colorful for a month out of the year.

It’s also common to see the rainbow flag emoji accompanying news about LGBTQ rights and activism for the LGBTQ community in general.

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