|The old one|
A year ago I published a screed titled The Polyamory Flag is a Grim, Confusing Failure. Let's Do Better.
Repeating many other people, I said its colors are harsh and foreboding and
its central letter pi only prompts a huh?
(Some math or engineering
society?) The flag "fails to declare for us, fails to inspire, fails to do a flag's job.
" I posted some of the alternative flags that people have created,
and gave some history of the early poly movement and its symbology.
That article struck a chord. It became my most-read post of the last 12
months, and its hit rate has been increasing. It's now averaging 500 new reads a week, mostly through Google searches for "polyamorous flag", "poly flag" and so on.
Dozens of people's new polyamory flags are floating around. A few have gained some traction. But no consensus has formed up around any design — one that will display poly presence, pride, and attitude with clarity and verve, in a way that both we and the world will instantly recognize.
Why do we need that? Look at the social power of the rainbow Pride Flag, which the LGBT world grabbed up almost from the moment Gilbert
Baker created it
in 1978. It did a great deal for the visibility and normalizing of LGBT, and it still does.
And, look at the recent explosion of other new identity-pride flags: trans, ace, pan, genderfluid, bi, and more. These have won hearts in their communities and a lot of favorable mainstream-media notice for those identities (even for instance in the white-picket-fence Reader's Digest
Now folks are launching an initiative to see if the
polyamory community is ready to coalesce around some new design that will stir us to make it our proud standard.
Sarah "Mack" Flury and Kristian Einstman, based in Chicago, are going about
this project from the ground up, showing smarts about how such an effort might actually work in this disparate,
independent-minded herd of cats we call the poly movement.
Their first goal, they say, is "to create a committee of some of the
most influential voices in the community, networking worldwide." They
explicitly want to keep this from becoming an American-centered project. "Our
goal," says Einstman, "is to create a flag that is recognizable and
"We have collectively formed @PolyamProud, a volunteer coalition dedicated to establishing a definitive and
representative visual identity for the polyamorous community."
They hope to launch a worldwide discussion among all who want
us to have "a definitive and representative visual identity," as Einstman tells
us. The eventual committee may create and offer designs of its own guided by known principles of vexillology (flag study), and it may consider design entries by additional people. He continues,
We have no intention of trashing the old flag and its history and its role in
getting us as far as we've gotten. But there is a real, pressing need in the
community to have a single flag that serves us all well.
A flag is a way of proclaiming visibility, so that people who are not yet out
can see where there is a place they can go, can see that there are other
people like them.
"We want to make it clear that we are not the committee and none of our team will be on it," says Einstman;
We’ll be releasing information about committee member qualifications on our site within the next month or so, but our main goals are to have the committee members represent a wide range of socioeconomic, racial, cultural, and non-monogamous backgrounds, as well as varied levels of education and areas of expertise.
Our plan is to present designs to a small committee of (no more than 12) representatives from polyamorous communities worldwide. The committee will review options and select two to four designs to be presented
to the public for the final vote.
Flury and Einstman say they want to announce the winner of the public vote with full
social-media fanfare on November 23rd,
. "We also want to get it into the hands of merchants" who manufacture flags, shirts, stickers, coffee mugs, all the usual stuff. They hope to recruit publicists who will build media interest as the day nears.
Want to help make this happen?
Do you have skills, expertise, or time & energy to contribute? Once again: @PolyamProud
on Instagram. They're also on
. Their GoFundMe
Here are slides from an early presentation they've worked up.
I'll keep reporting on the project as it advances.
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