Alexandria Virginia is celebrating Pride month this June of 2024 in a very visible, very colorful way! For the crosswalks at the intersection of Old Town’s iconic King Street and Royal the city has painted the Progress Pride flag.

Alexandria Selects the Progress Pride Flag

This public display demonstrates that the city values every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Progress Pride flag symbolizes unity, inclusion, and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights, adding representation for additional marginalized groups to the iconic Rainbow Pride flag.

Progress Pride and the Pride Flag History

The Progress Pride flag’s origins trace back to the iconic Rainbow Pride flag, created by Gilbert Baker in 1978. Commissioned by Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California, Baker’s design featured eight colors, each with a unique meaning: hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic/art, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit.

Over time, practical issues led to the flag’s evolution. Due to fabric unavailability, hot pink and turquoise were removed. Indigo was replaced with royal blue. The resulting six-color flag (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet) became a universal symbol of LGBTQ+ pride.

Progress Pride Flag Color Meanings

In 2018, Daniel Quasar designed the Progress Pride flag. This new iteration incorporated black and brown stripes, representing LGBTQ+ people of color and those living with or who have died from AIDS. Additionally, it included light blue, pink, and white stripes from the Transgender Pride flag, acknowledging the trans community’s struggles and victories. These new stripes form a chevron pattern, signifying forward progress.

The colors of the Progress Pride flag hold significant meanings.

  • Red: Life
  • Orange: Healing
  • Yellow: Sunlight
  • Green: Nature
  • Blue: Harmony/Peace
  • Violet: Spirit
  • Black and Brown: People of color as well as those who died of AIDS
  • Light Blue, Pink, White: Transgender community

In 2024, Alexandria, VA, celebrated Pride Month by applying the Progress Pride flag to the crosswalks at Royal and King Streets. This vibrant display underscored the city’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity. It has transformed a pedestrian public space into a powerful statement of support for the LGBTQ+ community.

This city initiative fosters a sense of belonging and visibility for LGBTQ+ residents and visitors. By integrating the Progress Pride flag into a central, everyday location, Old Town Alexandria emphasizes that LGBTQ+ rights are human rights. The crosswalks’ transformation also highlighted our city’s progressive values.  With this step, Alexandria has joined other forward-thinking cities in recognizing and celebrating the rich diversity of its residents.

Thank You Alexandria!

Thanks goes out to the City of Alexandria for their forward thinking inclusion of ALL of Old Town’s friends and neighbors. We’re proud to be in Old Town!