July 25, 2021
The PolyamProud people continue their bold initiative to institute a new and better polyamory flag. As I posted a couple weeks ago, they plan to launch a new flag only when one design has gained a broad consensus in the interested poly community worldwide.
There's already much consensus that the old red, black & blue poly flag with its confusing letter pi (some math society?) is serving us poorly. It declares no recognizable message or meaning, and many say it looks dark and foreboding. When a volunteer drew it up in 1995 — deliberately making it obscure because so many people at the time were closeted — the then-small community adopted it by default. We've been stuck with it ever since.
People have offered up dozens of replacement polyamory flags over the years. Here are 25 of them.
So how might one really effective, popular design gain traction as the clear declaration to the world of our pride and identity in the 21st century? Like the rainbow Pride Flag became for all things LGBT?
The PolyamProud group intends to
1. Recruit a large committee of graphic designers and poly activists from around the world, with maximum diversity across nationalities, orientations, identities and cultures;
2. Ask the committee to create and/or select excellent designs, using known principles of effective flag design to convey our presence clearly and boldly with just the right mood and attitude, and then to narrow the designs to a list of finalists;
3. Hold a worldwide poly-community vote on the finalists this November;
4. Announce the winning flag with maximum public fanfare on Polyamory Day, November 23;
5. And then work to inspire poly activists, groups, bloggers, podcasters, other opinion leaders, as well as merchandise makers, to take it up and make it fly.
"Polyamory" here means the ideal of consensual, ethical non-monogamy with full knowledge, agreement, and mutual good will among all involved.
They've just announced that the committee is forming, and you're invited to nominate applicants, maybe yourself. Again, people outside North America and outside dominant cultural majorities are urged in particular to make nominations or to consider applying.
To help get this rolling, Sarah Flury and Kristian Einstman have put up an Instagram slide show. They write,
From their Instagram slides about this: