Flying the Colours

Published on Dec 4th, 2015 by Webminister | 0

You may have noticed that the flags that once adorned the back wall of the sanctuary are now flying freely from the rooftop. Thank you to Bob Steed and Diane Holt for climbing through the small upstairs window to do the job.


We have been asked why they are being displayed and what is the significance of the flag designs.

davidThe pastel coloured striped flag is one of several flags known as“The Transgender Pride Flag”, a symbol of diversity and transgender rights. It was created by American trans woman, Monica Helms in 1999 and first flown at the pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona in 2000. Helms describes the meaning as follows:

“The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional colour for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional colour for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives.”

In August of 2014, the original flag was donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. There is a Canadian Trans flag that was designed by Graphic Designer, Michell Lindsay. It is pink and blue with a symbol in the middle representing all genders.

rainbowThe Rainbow Flag is a symbol of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender pride.
The colours represent the diversity of the LGBT community. It originated in Northern California but is now used and recognized worldwide. The original flag was created in 1978 by Gilbert Baker.

            Lilac—The Spirit

The colours also symbolize plurality and love of life and the right to equal dignity for all. It is the embodiment of hope and inclusion for the LGBT community.

As an Affirming Church, it is important to indicate to the Nelson community that we welcome all to feel safe at Nelson United Church. We chose to display the flags on Labour Day when the Nelson LGBT folk celebrated their annual Pride weekend.

We are not the church of the past.
We are not alone, we are one!



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