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A new Pride flag design was flown in London & the internet hates it

London Pride flag
The London Pride flag Photo: Twitter/Mayor of London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s X account posted a new version of the Pride flag on Sunday, and people had a lot to say about it.

The new flag design is a take on the Progress Pride flag, which uses the six-striped rainbow Pride flag as its background and overlays a chevron made up of the colors of the transgender Pride flag and brown and black stripes.

The London design had another chevron on the other side of the flag with black and brown stripes and the colors of the bisexual Pride flag, leaving the rainbow in an hourglass shape in the middle. The flag did not include the intersex symbol that is often put at the center of the chevron of the Progress Pride flag.

Khan posted the image on the Transgender Day of Visibility and turned off comments on the post.

Even though the comments were turned off, people still had a lot to say about the Pride design.

Much of it was not very supportive, but some people just made jokes.

While it’s unclear who designed this version of the flag, this isn’t the first time that Khan posted it to social media. In 2020 he posted a different picture of it during Pride Month.

This is also not the first time that a city government has altered the Pride flag. In 2017, the city of Philadelphia added black and brown stripes to the six-striped rainbow flag, a move that would inspire Daniel Quasar to design the Progress Pride flag a year later.

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