photo by Kevin Henry - Atomic Aerials

The Initiative

What began as a reboot of the Pride Flag, has evolved into the Progress Initiative. A message and movement, giving back to those most in need within our community.

What this initiative aims to do is provide funding to organizations and charities that directly affect the lives of trans people of color, and some of the most marginalized individuals within our community. When a “Progress Initiative” product is sold within the store, a portion of the profits will go towards these donations.

What organization are we supporting currently?

Black AIDS Institute

About the BAI

"Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is dedicated to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Black community. BAI is the only uniquely and unapologetically Black HIV think and do tank in America. We believe in complete freedom for Black people by eradicating systematic oppression so that we can live long, healthy lives.

Our decisions, responses, programming, and messaging are informed by our roots, and by our core values of Black Empowerment, Equity, Impact, Self-Determination, and Integrity."

Every new Progress Inititative order in 2022 will come with a free "Red Ribbon" (while supplies last)

About the "Progress" design

When the Pride flag was recreated in 2017 and 2018 to include both black/brown stripes, as well as the trans stripes, I wanted to see if there could be more emphasis in the design of the flag to elevate its message. This new design forces the viewer to reflect on their own feelings towards the original Pride flag and its meaning as well as the differing opinions on who that flag really represents, while also bringing into clear focus the current needs within our community. You can’t avoid the message as it is right there in front of you.

I challenge you as the viewer to look at this design and acknowledge the thoughts and feelings it brings up within yourself. No matter what they are, take this opportunity to reflect and self-critique if necessary.

The 6 stripe LGBTQ flag should be separated from the newer stripes because of their difference in meaning, as well as to shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate. The main section of the flag (background) includes the traditional 6 stripe LGBTQ flag as seen in its most widely used form so as not to take away from its original meaning.

The trans flag stripes and marginalized community stripes were shifted to the Hoist of the flag and given a new chevron shape. The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made.

Background: 6 full sized stripes

   life      healing      sunlight      nature      harmony/peace      spirit   

Hoist: 5 half sized stripes

   Light Blue      Light Pink     White    representing trans and non-binary individuals

   Black      Brown    representing marginalized POC communities

   Black    representing those living with AIDS and the stigma and prejudice surrounding them, and those who have been lost to the disease

The Trans Pride flag was original created by Monica Helms.

The use of black and brown was original conceptualized and created into the More Color, More Pride flag in Philly, introduced by Amber Hikes.

The use of a black stripe to represent those lost during the AIDS crisis, referred to as the Victory Over AIDS flag was suggested by Sergeant Leonard Matlovich. It is elevated here to bring awareness to the stigma surrounding those living with HIV.

Red also represents AIDS Awareness and the constant search for a cure.

Gilbert Baker was the creator of multiple forms of the original Pride flag that is seen most often today.

My thoughts and desires for what this new flag means are mine, but what does it mean to you?

Art is subjective and new meanings come from the individual who views it. So, please take this moment to find what this flag means to you as an individual and also how you might be able to impact the community as a whole through its message.

Terms of Use

Social Media Use

Want to post the flag on social media? Awesome! Feel free to post anywhere you want to share the message of Progress. If you want to tag me, that’s awesome too! You can find me under ‘danielquasar’ just about everywhere.

Non-Commercial Use

For any use that involves art-making that isn’t being sold, or any non-commercial use, there is a CC (BY-NC-SA) license on the design. There are art files at the bottom of this section! You do not need to ask me permission for this kind of use. Really I do not mind at all if you want to make art with the design (please do! I encourage you!) and I don’t even need you to do anything for me for it. If you want to credit me for use of the flag, that’s cool but not required. (Please don’t put my name on your art. I didn’t make it for you, it’s your art piece).

Please share your work with me! I love seeing what people make with the flag.

Style Guide
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Commercial Use

If you are a manufacturer, business, or creator who wants to create a produced product using the “Progress” Pride Flag design, please contact us. Commercial use is based on permission from the original artist.

Smaller Businesses and Creators: If you’re a small business or a smaller art-maker who wants to make a profit from something using the Progress design, please do! Reach out to us and let us know what you have planned. We’d love to be a source of information and resources to help you grow as an artist while using the Progress design, as well as provide a free license so there won’t be any hurdles down the road during your art-making.

Larger Businesses and Creators: If you’re a large and/or corporate level business or art-maker who wants to make a profit from something using the Progress design, please reach out via email and talk to us about what you’re doing. Everything scales, but is also indicative of your volume of sales, intention for use, and what you plan on making. This is where my permission is most requested so that the message of the flag is retained, and support is returned to the community it serves.

We want you to be able to use the design in your work, but we also want to make sure that it is used properly, that it still supports the message of the flag, and supports the creator of the work. So please reach out if you are interested in using the design in your own work.