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Anarcha-Queer (Queer Anarchism)

Pink and black flags of Anarchism

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[Pink-black diagonal]
image by Tomislav Todorović, 1 May 2022

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Overview

Queer anarchism, or anarcha-queer, intends to achieve the queer liberation through the Anarchism. As such, it uses the flags which combine black for the Anarchism with pink for the queer liberation, the latter color being borrowed from the pink triangle: qq-p3.html and/or the pink flags: qq-pink.html.

About the flag

The use of such flags is not limited to LGBT-related events, though; they also appear at the other events where their users participate. The earliest use which is currently recorded online was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Gay Pride parade in 2003.[1] The flag used there was parted diagonally from top hoist to bottom fly, with black above pink. The next recorded use was at the anti-war protests in Washington, DC, in 2005 [2] and then again in 2007.[3] The flag was used again in Bucharest, Romania, at the Bucharest Pride 2014,[4] this time together with several Anarcha-feminist flags.
Tomislav Todorović, 1 May 2022
Sources:
[1] Pittsburgh Independent Media Center website: http://pittsburgh.indymedia.org/news/2003/06/7100.php
[2] Wikimedia Commons - Photo from Washington, DC, on 24 September 2005: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:S24_Black_Bloc_4.jpg
[3] Wikimedia Commons - Photo from Washington, DC, on 27 January 2007: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:J27_radical_youth_feeder_march_at_Convention_Center.jpg
[4] Flickr - Photo from Bucharest, Romania, on 7 June 2014: https://www.flickr.com/photos/felixp7/14388621033/


Variants

[Pink-black diagonal]
image by Tomislav Todorović, 1 May 2022

The color arrangement of pink above black is much more frequently used. Such a flag, parted diagonally from bottom hoist to top fly, was used in Portland, Maine, at the Southern Maine Pride 2008.[1] It was used again in San Francisco, California, at the Dyke March 2013 [2] and in Paris, France, at the Paris Gay Pride 2013.[3] In Helsinki, Finland, it was used at the Helsinki Pride in 2013 [4] and again in 2014.[5] In Haifa, Israel, it was brought to the Haifa Pride in 2017 [6] and again in 2019 [7] and, in the meantime, it was seen at the Queer May Festival 2018 in Krakow, Poland,[8] as well as in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the Pink/Sort Blok demonstration, an event which took place along with the Copenhagen Pride 2018.[9]
Tomislav Todorović, 1 May 2022
Sources:
[1] Flickr - Photo from Portland, Maine, on 21 June 2008: https://www.flickr.com/photos/samm4mrox/2666455236/
[2] Wikimedia Commons - Photo from San Francisco, California, on 29 June 2013: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dyke_March_2013_(9518783879).jpg
[3] Wikimedia Commons - Photo from Paris, France, on 29 June 2013: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paris_Gay_Pride_2013_036.jpg
[4] Wikimedia Commons - Photo from Helsinki, Finland, on 2 July 2013: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pride3_(9191395922).jpg
[5] Wikimedia Commons - Photo from Helsinki, Finland, on 28 June 2014: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DSC_8599_(14554641204).jpg
[6] 123rf.com photo archive - Photo from Haifa, Israel, on 30 June 2017: https://www.123rf.com/photo_81527902_haifa-israel-june-30-2017-people-march-in-the-annual-pride-parade-of-the-lgbt-community-in-the-stree.html
[7] 123rf.com photo archive - Photo from Haifa, Israel, on 28 June 2019: https://www.123rf.com/photo_127627759_haifa-israel-june-28-2019-people-with-protest-signs-in-the-annual-pride-parade-of-the-lgbt-community.html
[8] Wikimedia Commons - Photo from Krakow, Poland, on 19 May 2018: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:02018_0045_Das_Queer_Mai_Festival_2018,_die_Kultur_der_LGBTQI_in_Krakau,_Marsch_der_Gleichheit_am_19._Mai_2018.jpg
[9] Flickr - Photo from Copenhagen, Denmark, on 18 August 2018: https://www.flickr.com/photos/134331036@N08/44117052801/


[Pink-black diagonal]
image by Tomislav Todorović, 1 May 2022

Flags with black above pink may also be parted from bottom hoist to top fly. This was the case at the demonstration named "For Russia without the Inquisition," which took place in Moscow on 24 Novmeber 2012;[1] various other Anarchist flags were present there as well, as was the case in Ankara, Turkey, at the 8 March demonstration in 2013 [2] and again in Moscow, at the Boris Nemcov memorial march in 2015.[3] In Brussels, Belgium, the flag was seen at the Belgian Pride 2018 together with an Anarcho-syndicalist flag.[4]
Tomislav Todorović, 1 May 2022
Sources:
[1] Rainbow Association blog - entry on 26 November 2012: https://radarus.livejournal.com/66231.html
[2] Ahali Gazetesi blog - entry on 8 March 2013: http://ahaligazetesi.blogspot.com/2013/03/8-mart-dunya-emekci-kadnlar-gununde.html
[3] Wikimedia Commons - Photo from Moscow, Russia, on 1 March 2015: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Moscow_march_for_Nemtsov_2015-03-01_4896.jpg
[4] Wikimedia Commons - Photo from Brussels, Belgium, on 19 May 2018: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pride.be_2018_2018-05-19_15-45-00_ILCE-6500_DSC08597_(27365956717).jpg


[Pink-black diagonal]
image by Tomislav Todorović, 1 May 2022

The partition line from top hoist to bottom fly may also be combined with the color arrangement of pink above black. That was seen at the Mexico City Pride 2014,[1] as well as at the pro-Palestinian protests by the LGBT activists during the Tel Aviv Pride 2018.[2] Such flags were also used by the Anarchists in Warsaw, Poland, in 2018 [3] and 2021.[4]
Tomislav Todorović, 1 May 2022
Sources:
[1] Flickr - Photo from Mexico City, on 28 June 2014: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alfredo/14550020853/
[2] The Palestine Chronicle website: http://www.palestinechronicle.com/lgbt-activists-block-tel-aviv-pride-march-with-pro-palestinian-protest/
[3] Varsovian Anarchist Federation at Facebook - Photo uploaded on 25 February 2018: https://www.facebook.com/fawarszawa/photos/1985778224929593/
[21] Varsovian Anarchist Federation at Facebook - Photo uploaded on 10 October 2021: https://www.facebook.com/fawarszawa/photos/894712370702856/


Non-diagonal variant

[Pink-black bicolor]
image by Tomislav Todorović, 1 May 2022

There is also a "non-diagonal" variant, much like that of the Anarcho-syndicalist flag. This black-pink horizontal bicolor was seen in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Stockholm Pride 2008.[22]
Tomislav Todorović, 1 May 2022
Sources:
[1] Flickr - Photo from Stockholm, Sweden, on 2 August 2008: https://www.flickr.com/photos/47948916@N00/2726505222