As KT’s Department For the Sewing, Dyeing and Folding the Flags Colored Spectrum to be Forcefully Trust Back into Depths of the Queer Rectum (Capitol Branch) was informed that omnipresent rainbow flag just became obsolete, we immediately reached out for the velvet gloved hand of Utikejt (pronounced, ‘outekeit’) to lead us out of the conundrum and explain the reason why the symbolism of the LGBTIQ flag implies the mutual destruction of the groups who mistakenly hold that politics of acronym serves their interests. In her previous post, Uti explained this by analyzing the meaning of the letters. This time around, she lays out the corresponding symbolism of the now rapidly changing flag of the LGBTIQ movement.
Throughout years the LGBTIQ flag passed through many changes and has yielded numerous derivatives. Its first iteration, designed in 1978, consisted of 8 horizontal stripes in the colors of the spectrum, and it bore symbolism deeply rooted in the American Hippie culture of the Sixties.
However, already in 1979 the LGBTIQ flag has been fundamentally redesigned; the refashioned variant was still in the colors of the spectrum, but the shading of some of the colors was different, and two stripes were removed.
This eye-catching form took roots, spread and became a standard, now oh-so-well known, rainbow flag with 6 stripes.
Representatives of various subculture groups, deluded into belief that LGBTIQ is furthering their own interests, as well as the advocates of all sorts of impossible political projects, based their own flags on the standard colors of the spectrum template. There are a lot of instances of such derivatives. One example of the symbol for the non-existent subculture pushing for impossible political project, would be the T (Transgender) pale blue, rose and white flag.
Regarding the standard LGBTIQ flag, it is important to stress that it doesn’t represent colors of the rainbow.
It represents spectrum.
The color spectrum represented by the standard LGBTIQ flag symbolizes the cutting off from the sexual as well as from the gender duality and sexual orientation, and establishing those three determinants of the sexual identity (sex, gender, orientation) in the form of the spectrum or scale, i.e. as arbitrary game of performative acts. No single stripe on this flag represents anything when taken for itself; it doesn’t symbolize any determinate concept, any determinate sexual identity nor, finally, any specific determinant of the particular sexual identity.
Stripes have meaning only when taken together as the representation of the spectrum.
With its eye-catching design and simple symbolism, the standard LGBTIQ flag was effective and successful political tool. However, in 2017, a new derivative popped out, this time with 8 stripes, where two extra stripes introduce the symbolism of race. A year later, a still new derivative was produced; the black and brown stripes representing race are not horizontal any more, but are sinking into the symbolical flesh of sexual spectrum, like a point of the wedge. In the piercing thrust of the wedge we can also recognize light blue, rose and white flag of the letter T.
As per obvious, the LGBTIQ onslaught – flag waving included – is rapidly picking up steam. The standard LGBTIQ flag was the royal banner of the political spectrum it represented for almost 40 years (from the 1979 to 2017). The LGBTIQ politics of the age was concerned with the issues of abortion (letter L) and same-sex marriage (letter G). However, for the last few years a new issue with its own letter made its grand entrance, i.e. transgender and the letter T. It brings in tow gender – now no more understood as binary category but as a spectrum, transgender children and corresponding genderless upbringing, etc. Furthermore, even in our neck of the woods (i.e. Croatia, KT) the conflict between letters L and T has escalated (a.k.a. Terf vs. Liberal Feminism). Naturally, LGBTIQ is not here to make peace or to mediate compromise – which is indeed logically impossible – between warring letters. It just pushes forward.
LGBTIQ knows no mercy and takes no prisoners.
The issues brought forth by the letter T haven’t even been properly digested when, in 2021, a new LGBTIQ flag was brought forth; two important new elements in its symbolism are 1) purple circle and 2) yellow color.
The black-brown wedge of the race, and pale blue-rose-white wedge of the letter T (transgender) steamrolls ahead, progressively tearing through issues until recently identified with the LGBTIQ politics, and those are, in short, abortion and same-sex marriage, leaving behind the void.
The void so produced has been colored yellow.
On the yellow plane, deprived of any other possible symbolism save its own, figures a purple circle; the purple circle on yellow background comes from the Intersexual flag (letter I). The thrust of the letter T plus race represents parting ways with TERF and, generally, with the first three letters of the acronym that are representing something essentially binary, i.e. letters L, G, B.
The gay facade which for years served as the foundation upon which the rainbow was painted is progressively peeling and crumbling away. And, underneath its peeling crust, there emerges a naked, dry abstraction of two colors (purple, yellow) and a single geometrical shape (circle).
Now, let’s focus on the symbolism of the circle, and colors purple and yellow.
The circle is the sum of all points on the plane that are equally distant from the fixed point of the plane at hand, i.e. from the center of the circle. In context of the letter I (intersexuality), this fixed point is sex. I stress again, that letter I designates sexual identity which is neither male nor female, and/or male and female, simultaneously; it therefore annihilates sex as a binary category.
This is corroborated by the color of the circle, namely purple.
The color blue symbolizes male sex, whereas red stands for female sex. Color purple is a mixture of the blue and red; purple, therefore, signifies that which is simultaneously neither male nor female, or, simultaneously, both male and female.
Finally, about color yellow.
The yellow foundation, upon which the purple circle has been placed, fills the void created by the tearing thrust of the wedges of the race and the letter T (transgender); I say “void”, because the yellow plane represents and symbolize nothing. What, then, is the symbolism of the color yellow, taken as a color? The yellow is the color of liberalism; liberalism is a political ideology that never in recent history ended up in totalitarianism.
That doesn’t mean it won’t end up there in the future.
In conclusion: the standard LGBTIQ flag is obsolete and is now a figment of history, taking its place besides the 8 stripes original from the 1978.
To add to this, just one more observation: amongst the LGBTIQ activists the new design of the LGBTIQ flag was not received with enthusiasm. Besides the objection that the flag now appears clumsy and crude, the concern has been voiced that it – and I quote – creates unnecessary divisions. To that I would answer that rather than create, it represents them.
And finally: I sincerely hope that you have NOTICED the newly added element to the LGBTIQ flag. Assuming that you did NOTICE it, I wholeheartedly hope that it is now crystal clear why I, Utikejt, insist on the use of the LGBTIQ acronym precisely with those letters and in that order.
I, Utikejt, never omit a letter I (Intersexuality) from the acronym. Somewhere else you can ran into false and incorrect variants of the acronym, where very important letter I has been carelessly omitted. You won’t find such carelessness when dealing with Me, Utikejt!
Surely, you are now asking yourself, how I, Utikejt, see the new LGBTIQ flag. Well here’s how: I expect that it has a short expiration date, i.e. that OBSOLESENCE of every redesigned LGBTIQ flag is immediately around the corner.
I made myself a bowl of popcorn as to add to my pleasure, while I, seated in the lodge of Hetero-patriarchy, observe the gladiatorial combat of the letters L, G, B, T, I and Q, slaughtering each other tooth and nail.