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The LGBTQ+ rainbow flag was created in 1978 as a symbol of queer pride. Since then, it's become a recognizable symbol of the LGBTQ+ community, and several other flags (such as the orange, white, and pink lesbian flag, the pink, purple, and blue bisexual flag, the blue, pink, and white transgender flag, the black, grey, white, and purple asexual flag, and several others) have followed in representing the specific communities in the non-heterosexual continuum. Historically, pink and lavender have also been used as queer color symbols.

In fiction, a queer character will often be associated with their pride flag colors to emphasize their sexuality or gender identity. These colors can show up in their physical appearance or outfits (which often shows they are proud to be themselves) or in more subtle cues like cinematography, lighting, or a specific Color Wash. For example, the trend of "bisexual lighting," where bi characters are lit with blue, purple, and pink, arose in The New '10s. This can be a meaningful way to express LGBT+ pride. Compare Queer Flowers, when different flower species are used to symbolize queer love, and Rainbow Motif.

Note: Please limit examples to characters confirmed in the story or by Word of Gay to be queer.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Galaxy: The Prettiest Star: Taylor, a trans woman, is shown wearing a t-shirt with the trans pride flag on the cover art.
  • Runaways (Rainbow Rowell):
    • In the issue where Nico Minoru officially comes out as bisexual, the cover shows her profile framed in blues, pinks, and purples.
    • During her brief career as a freelance superhero, Karolina's costume consists of a white, pink, and magenta bodysuit, with the colors arranged in the style of the lesbian pride flag.
    • Throughout issue #11, as Gert deals with her discomfort with how openly gay everyone seems to be since her resurrection, the colors pink, purple, and magenta keeps appearing in greater and greater quantities, including on people on the street (some of whom are queer-coded), in Molly's room at the hostel, and throughout Klara's foster dads' house (especially her bedroom and her clothes.) The same issue has Gert dying her signature purple hair back to its natural brown color.
  • In Top 10, Jackie "Phantom" Kowalski's costume is black, purple, and white, and has a upside-down triangle emblem that makes it vaguely reminiscent of the "labrys flag" used by lesbians in the late nineties, when the series was written.
  • During the final battle in Issue #61 of Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW), Tangle and Whisper are shown holding hands together with the sunrise making up the lesbian pride flag colors in the background (particularly the "orange-pink" variant introduced in 2018). While it's not confirmed that they're a couple note , the two are heavily implied to be LGBT by Ian Flynn and other IDW staff members.

    Fan Works 
  • Burning Bridges, Building Confidence: Cole is a lesbian and has a bracelet in the colors of the lesbian pride flag.
  • Elementals of Harmony: Sideboard of Harmony: "Ave Discordia", Rainbow Dash, who has rainbow hair, is called the "The ambiguously gay wonder" by Discord.
  • Guys Being Dudes: Candela has a pin of the Team Valor emblem in the bisexual flag colors.
  • he sees your dreams: When Stefanie and Denise are dancing together, the lights around them are pink and orange, the colours on the lesbian flag. The tags on this fic state that the two are indeed lesbians.
  • HSETAU: In the first panel of this page, Nepeta and Equius are holding asexual and pansexual pride flags respectively.
  • Ma Fille: In "Roses and Clovers", Li Wei ices some baked goods with blue, pink, and white icing (the colours of the trans flag) for a mother who wants to celebrate with her recently-out-of-the-closet son.
  • Total Drama Do Over: When Giselle reveals that Harrison is bisexual, she throws blue, purple, and pink confetti into the air.
  • Infinity Train: Seeker of Crocus:
    • A passenger in the Palimpsest Car is named Tres who wears a heart-shaped earring and bracelet colored cyan, pink and white, which are the colors of the transgender flag. Asher confirms that Tres is a trans man just by having a look at him.
    • Specter is confirmed demiromantic — someone who can't have a romantic relationship unless they have an emotional bond with someone — with the colors of the flag being black (his leather jacket), white (blouse and pants), grey (his hair) and dark green (his number)
    • In the sidestory Infinity Train: Orchid Observer, Colette's main colors are pink and blue, along with her weapon being a purple pen that turns into a rapier/pistol. She reveals that she's "bi-curious", as she openly states that she has Ship Tease with her male partner but also admits she's trying to understand her feelings for her gal pal Regina.
  • The Sunjackers's Candy Chip has coat and hair in pastel pink and blue which, along with white, are the colors of the transgender pride flag. Candy is confirmed in-story to be a trans woman (or rather trans mare).
  • We Are All Pokémon Trainers: Chiyo, a pansexual School escapee, is capable of generating a rainbow Aura.

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Prior to the main storyline in Atomic Blonde, Cold War-era spy Lorraine Broughton had a sexual relationship with fellow agent James Gascoine. Her scenes with French agent Delphine Lasalle in an East Berlin restaurant have heavily saturated pink, purple, and blue lighting, and they have a whirlwind affair.
  • One film poster for Bohemian Rhapsody depicts Freddie Mercury— whose bisexuality is a major plot point in the film— awash in blue, pink, and purple lighting.
  • Crazy Rich Asians: Oliver, a campy member of a stuffy Old Money family, confirms to Rachel that he is gay by saying he's the "rainbow sheep" of the clan.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: In a couple of early scenes, Ramona wears a purple sweater with horizontal blue and pink stripes reminiscent of the bi flag, foreshadowing a later reveal that she's had relationships with women as well as men.

  • The cover art of "Dreadnought", the first book in the Nemesis Series, a series about a trans girl who becomes a superhero, features a silhouette of the protagonist against a sunset with the pink, white and blue of the trans pride flag.
  • Loveless:
    • Sunil wears an ace badge on his suit, which bears the colors of the ace flag.
    • Pip is revealed to have a big lesbian pride flag hanging above her bed in the short story Hands Against Our Hearts.
  • Discussed in The Martian. When Mark learns that the probe Earth is sending to Mars is named after Iris, the goddess of rainbows, he jokingly refers to it as a "gay probe."
  • The title character in Rick has an ace pin on his backpack on the cover art.
  • Wild Cards: Minor character The Candle is openly bisexual and has the superhuman power to generate seven kinds of flame, each one a color of the rainbow. He is one of the contestants in the Reality TV show "American Hero". He's a good guy, but is said to have no chance to win in the show, because "America isn't ready for a Hero that is a switch-hitter."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Black Mirror: San Junipero: Pink, blue, and purple lights are a recurring motif for Kelly. She's bisexual, having been married to a man in her life on earth and now in a relationship with Yorkie.
  • Spoofed in The Boys where the marketing department of the lesbian (really bi) superheroine Maeve wants her to wave a rainbow flag as seen in this draft pitched to her. Maeve is not amused.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Captain Holt, who is openly gay, displays his pride through his office accessories. He keeps a small rainbow flag in his desktop pen holder, and his shelves hold a row of six binders that are each one of the rainbow's colors.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Darryl sings "Gettin' Bi", a song about his bisexuality and dispelling negative bisexual stereotypes. It is sung on a stage with the bi flag as a background and pink, purple, and blue lighting to fit. To a lesser extent, the lighting also associates it with the '80s, as the song is a Musical Pastiche of Huey Lewis and the News.
  • Gotham Knights (2023): "Daddy Issues" features several scenes of Stephanie and Harper being bathed in blue and purple light, which both symbolizes their respective Color Motifs from the comics (Steph is Purple, while Harper is blue) and foreshadows Stephanie realizing that she is gay and in love with Harper. Significantly, they're the colors of the bisexual pride flag (Harper's bi).
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): In the Season 1 "Tonight" promo, the gay Louis de Pointe du Lac and the bisexual Lestat de Lioncourt are bathed in pink and purple lighting, which are traditionally associated with queerness. These colors emphasize that the series is a Queer Romance with Louis and Lestat as the Official Couple.
  • Power Rangers Dino Fury: In season 2, Fern starts wearing purple and she's currently dating the Dino Fury Green Ranger, Izzy.
  • Queer Eye (2018): One of the establishing shots of the show has the Fab Five (who are all into men) walk across a rainbow crosswalk in Atlanta.
  • Riverdale: Toni and Cheryl are often depicted in bisexual lighting. They are both bisexual characters.
  • Sense8: Amanita Caplan has dreadlocks in shades of blue, purple, and pink which are the colors of the Bisexual Pride flag. She's bisexual, being in a committed relationship with her girlfriend Nomi but also participates in the psychic orgies which include men.
  • Infamously in Supernatural, when Castiel breaks Naomi's mind control, the plain window of her office turns into the colors of the bisexual flag. Soon after, Dean tells Cas "I need you". In the final season, it's revealed that Cas does have feelings for Dean though it's unclear whether or not it's reciprocated.
  • Vagrant Queen makes liberal use of pink, blue, and purple lighting around Elida, who is shown as attracted to women (possibly implying that she's bisexual given they're the bi flag colors, though we don't see her interested in any men onscreen-this might have come up if they had a second season).

  • One article in MAD issue 362 was called "When Other TV Shows Finally Come Out Of The Closet", with one of the shows being parodied was Sesame Street, which had the cast saying that "This episode was brought to you by the letters G, A, and Y, and by the colors pink and lavender".

  • Demi Lovato's song "Cool for the Summer", which is about a heavily implied same-sex relationship, employs blue, purple, and pink lighting in a club setting.
  • Janelle Monáe employs pink, purple, and blue lighting in her music video for "Make Me Feel." Monae is queer, and the video shows her flirting with both a man and a woman.
  • The cover of Patricia Taxxon's album "Pix and Bit" features a pink mammal and an orange reptile with white flower patterns on their chests, reminiscent of the lesbian flag. Both characters are stated to be female and in love with each other.
  • Teniwoha's "Villain" is about a trans youth in unrequited love with someone else who was assigned male at birth. The lyrics contain the words, "the crueler a town, the more beautiful its rainbow."
  • Sufjan Stevens' Love Yourself / With My Whole Heart single was released to coincide with Pride 2019 and, along with the lyrics of self-acceptance and the fact that the proceeds were donated to charities supporting LGBTQ youth, the cover text is also rendered in rainbow colors.
  • The cover art for blackgaze artist Violet Cold's album Empire of Love is a rainbow flag with a star and crescent superimposed over it. It's meant to represent the artist's experience as a queer person in Azerbaijan (a country whose flag also has the star and crescent motif). The bright colors are all the more striking given that it's a metal album.
  • The Stupendium (who is openly nonbinary and pansexual) occasionally features queer colors in their music videos.
    • In the video for "Can't Teach This", the Headmaster of Two-Point University boasts that their "Wizard School is big on inclusivity," prompting their magic wand to flash the colors of the trans Pride flag.
    • In the video for "Shine Through", Stupendium wears a rainbow-colored guitar strap, in reference to the game it's based on having openly LGBT main characters.
    • In "Vending Machine of Love", the subtitles for the lyrics "If you're ace, demi, pan, flexible" change to the colors of those identities' pride flags.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Discussed by Demetri Martin:
    Martin: I love rainbows, but I'm not gay, so when I wear a rainbow shirt I have to write "Not Gay" on it. But I'm not against gay people, so then I have to put "But Supportive" under that. I just think it's odd one group took refracted light. Pretty greedy, gays!

  • Monster High: The Generation 3 incarnation of Frankie is nonbinary, and a lot of their dolls feature light blue, white, and pink, the colors of the transgender flag.

    Video Games 
  • In Borderlands 3, one of the vault hunters is FL4K; a robot who uses they/them pronouns. They have a subtle, but visible pin in the colours of the nonbinary pride flag (Yellow, White, Purple, and Black).
  • The car racing/fighting game Buck Up and Drive! has some billboards on the courses showing the Gay and Transgender Pride flag colors. There's an option to toggle them in the game's settings...which turns ALL the billboards into Gay and Transgender Pride flags.
  • Bugsnax: Floofty is non-binary, and their color scheme matches the non-binary pride flag: black from their glasses, purple from their body, white from their eyes and hair, and yellow from their nose.
  • In Fate/Grand Order Chevalier D'Eon's outfits are primarily blue, pink and white and resemble the transgender flag, most obviously in the third ascension. The historical D'Eon was most likely transgender and lived the final years of her life as a woman, but Fate's version is best described as genderfluid.
  • Fire Emblem Engage: Rosado's hair color is a mix of the cyan blue, light pink and white of the trans pride flag. While he does identify as male, Rosado has no qualms with wearing women's clothes in public and is hinted to be Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous.
  • Accompanying Testament's portrayal as non-binary in Guilty Gear -STRIVE-, their two new familiars have pink hair, light blue hair, and white(ish) skin for both, corresponding to the transgender flag.
  • Life Is Strange:
    • Used as foreshadowing in Life Is Strange 2. A photograph in episode 1 shows Sean wearing a shirt with pink, blue, and purple, the colors of the bisexual flag. His bisexuality is revealed in episode 3.
    • In the first episode of Life Is Strange: True Colors, Steph Gingrich, a lesbian, is wearing a shirt with a d20 dice featuring the orange, white, and pink colors of the lesbian flag.
  • In the "All Kinds of Love" ad for Love & Pies, the Progress Pride flag can be seen behind Eve as she has a video chat with her long-distance partner, who goes by they/them pronouns and whom she's planning to propose to.
  • In Master Detective Archives: Rain Code Halara Nightmare's official art shows them with is a combination of black, purple and yellow colors, and along with their white hair it matches the colors of the nonbinary flag, and their bio states that they have no specified gender.
  • Overwatch: The short story "As You Are", which reveals Baptiste as bisexual, has page headers and footers in the colors of the bi pride flag, and the illustration of Baptiste and Pharah shows the sky behind them in similar colors to the flag.
  • In Quilts & Cats of Calico, Tina's twin sister Mona has a masculine body and voice and has a quilt with the trans colors draped across her shoulder.
  • Super Lesbian Animal RPG has Claire, a transgender cow who wears the colors of the trans flag. If you examine the flag she has in her bedroom, the other characters will point this out to her and she'll claim it's just a coincidence and that she didn't even realise.
  • In Unpacking, the protagonist's girlfriend/wife, whom she dates/marries and has a child with at the end of the game has rainbow-colored underwear that you can unpack.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Crown Delights Deli, Maya and her partner Piper visit your bodega on Pride Day. Maya wears a tank top with the Progress Pride flag while Piper wears a jacket with the pansexual colors and a genderfluid flag pin.
  • In High School Story, Cameron (who goes by they/them pronouns) wears a necklace with green, white, and purple beads (the colours of the genderqueer flag).
  • Reigning Passions: Galen is non-binary and their hair is primarily light blue and pink, two of the colors of the trans pride flag. Their shirt is white, the third color of the flag.
  • A Year of Springs, the Compilation Re-release of one night, hot springs and its two sequels, includes a new epilogue that sees each character wearing a new outfit. Haru is transgender, and wears the pink, blue, and white of the transgender flag; Erika is bisexual and wears the pink, blue, and purple of the bisexual flag; and Manami has realized she's asexual and is now wearing the purple, black, grey, and white of the asexual flag.
  • ValiDate: Struggling Singles In Your Area: Among the many pins Inaya wears on her overalls, one of them is a bisexual pride flag pin. She also has a bi pride phone case.

    Web Animation 
  • Chad Magical, the Doppelganger Sorcerer of JoCat's A Crap Guide to D&D, is transgender per a tweet by JoCat, and his outfit consists entirely of the colors blue, pink, and white.
  • Burger Brawl: Triple Twofer Token Minority with Razu, Space and Vince who identify as non-binary but are also respectively Bisexual, according to the stripes on their scarf, armless and the only Brit in the show.

  • Batman: Wayne Family Adventures: During Tim and Bernard's date the two are wearing jackets in the colors of the Bi flag, and the sunset is also in bi flag colors. This color choice was confirmed as intentional by the artists.
  • Boyfriends.:
    • Lady-Prep is a trans woman whose outfits frequently incorporate white and light blue, and her hair is dyed bubblegum pink.
    • Invoked in the Pride Month comic, wherein the titular Boyfriends go to a pride event and invoke their colors through their outfits. Goth wears a jacket with the trans flag colors, Jock a tracksuit with the bisexual flag colors, Nerd's outfit invokes the yellow, pink and blue of the pansexual flag and Prep has rainbow-colored sunglasses alongside his rather tourist-y looking outfit.
    • In the comic that kickstarts an arc where Nerd realizes he might be somewhere under the nonbinary umbrella, the sash he wears with his cosplay resembles the demiboy flag.
  • Dumbing of Age: Dina Saruyama, a romantic asexual, is seen wearing a gray shirt with white, black and purple stripes on sleeves in two strips.
    • Additionally, Becky is a lesbian (quite openly, and yellingly) and from this comic to this one, her hat, hair, face and then her dual-toned jacket make up the lesbian flag.
  • The majority of work by transgender webcomic artist Jamie Barker, most notably their signature comic Fake Gamer Comics, which explores themes of gender, uses a minimal palette of pastel pink, blue and purple shades similar to the trans pride flag. However, this could also be just an aesthetic coincidence.
  • In Goblins, which is created by a trans author, the goblin angel has a sword in the colors of the transgender pride flag. She also wears pink, white, and teal bracelets and rings on various parts of her body.
  • In Muted Kallen, a trans man and Camille's father, shows up with a bouquet of flowers in the blue, white, and pink colors of the trans flag.
  • Lucky from NEXT!!! Sound of the Future is a trans man whose colour palette matches the trans flag: his hair and tie are blue, his shirt is white, and the ribbon tying his hair is pink.
  • In The Order of the Stick, the elven wizard Vaarsuvius, who was confirmed as genderqueer through Word of Gay, is rather fond of the spell Prismatic Spray, which is visualized as a rainbow-colored ray of light. An official t-shirt design has V using this rainbow spell against a troll, with the caption "Just an ordinary picture of a wizard defeating a monster with a high-level spell. No additional symbolism here, nope." which hints at the character's LGBTQ identity.
  • In Questionable Content, Claire sometimes wears a transgender flag shirt.
  • Used as a Visual Pun in the first syndicated Rae the Doe strip, which has her introduce herself. In the last panel she points out that does don't normally have antlers while winking; the background changes to the transgender pride flag colours.
  • R.A.M. the Robot: A pride month special comic shows R.A.M.'s clothes changing to bi flag colors while Jake's turn into an ace flag.
  • Thinking Too Much to Think Positively: Xan compares some Pokémon to pride flags based on their respective colour schemes in "Pokémon That Look Like Pride Flags".
    RF (Xan's partner): It's weird that there isn't a Pokémon for the rainbow flag.
    Xan: Well, technically Ho-Oh is the Rainbow Pokémon.
    [Ho-Oh is shown in front of a rainbow flag, the two clearly don't match well.]
    RF: That's not a rainbow! That's two-thirds of a rainbow at best!
    Xan: In the Gameboy era, that was more colours than our brains could handle!
  • The main characters of Sunflowers and Lavenders has color palettes based on their respective gender identity/orientation. For example, the protagonist Penny (who is pansexual) has pink-yellow-blue-themed color palette.

    Web Video 

    Western Animation 
  • Amphibia: The I.T. girls Ally and Jess wear the colors of the pansexual flag for the former and the bisexual flag for the latter. Both are confirmed to be LGBT by Word of God.
  • In Baymax!, one of the people who gives Baymax advice on menstrual pads is a trans man who wears a shirt patterned after the transgender flag.
  • BoJack Horseman:
    • The cab company Todd starts in season three, Cabracadabra, has a sign colored in purple, white, and black. At the end of the season, Todd realizes he's asexual, likely making this subtle foreshadowing.
    • The sign at the asexual meet-up Todd attends in "Hooray, Todd Episode!" is white with a purple and black border.
  • In the series finale of The Legend of Korra, there's a shot of the sky in blue, purple, and pink as Korra and Asami become an Official Couple. Both characters are also confirmed to be bisexual.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Marc Anciel (a Punny Name on the French word for rainbow, arc en ciel), is a shy, quiet boy who has a rainbow-colored shirt and blushes around Nathaniel.
    • Juleka Couffaine has a black-purple-white color scheme. Purple, white, and black happen to be the classic lesbian pride colors, and "Reflekdoll" seemingly confirms that she and Rose Lavillant are a couple, with Rose giving her a more-than-friendly kiss on the cheek.
    • In "Mr. Pigeon 72", Kagami Tsurugi's bathing suit just happens to be yellow, pink, and blue, the pansexual pride colors. Her official bio says that she has "powerful feelings" for both Adrien Agreste and Marinette Dupain-Cheng, and in "Protection", she declares that it's hard for her to see them together because she loves both of them.
  • The episode "Horn Sweet Horn" from The Powerpuff Girls (2016) ends with the heart colored in pink, white, and blue rather than different shades of pink as normal, very reminiscent of the transgender flag. The episode (about a horse who wants to become a unicorn) was originally promoted as a transgender allegory; though Word of God would later claim this wasn't the case, there's no other reason for the flag to be colored that way.
  • Enid from OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, has a peace sign-shaped bi pride flag sticker on her bike helmet. When Mr. Gar gives her a new bike, she immediately adds some stickers to it, including an identical sticker. In-series, Enid's primary love interest and figure of admiration has been the female hero Red Action.
  • The Owl House:
    • Luz Noceda is canonically bisexual, and this neon promo poster for the "Enchanting Grom Fright" episode (where she receives Ship Tease with her female Love Interest Amity) depicts her with pink, purple, and blue colors, the colors of the bisexual flag. Later, in the episode "Eclipse Lake", she spends the entire episode in purple pajamas with pink and blue socks.
    • Amity Blight is a lesbian with a motif for the color purple, a color usually associated with sapphic women. This is especially notable when she dyes her hair purple, representing her own decision to take control of her self-identity.
    • In general, the backgrounds for big romantic moments between Luz and Amity tend to have a pink, purple, and blue color scheme.
    • Lilith Clawthorne is implied to be an aromantic asexual during the March 2022 charity livestream (and later confirmed as one per her voice actress), and after absorbing half of Eda's curse, her right eye turns grey, which, alongside her remaining green eye, makes up two of the colors of the aromantic flag.
    • Masha (a Gravesfield teenager) is nonbinary and has their nails painted yellow/black/white/purple (the nonbinary colors).
  • In the Ready Jet Go! special "Back to Bortron 7", Jet sings a soft duet with his male friend Sean, who he's had Ship Tease with throughout the special, and the colors in the song are all of the bisexual pride flag — pink, purple, and blue. After the show ended, Jet was confirmed to be bisexual by Craig Bartlett.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • She-Ra's power is often associated with rainbows — she and all the other Princesses are each associated with a certain color, and when they join forces and use their abilities in tandem, they glow in their designated color and together make a huge rainbow. The current She-Ra, Adora, is revealed to be in love with Catra, and finding out it's mutual is what ultimately saves her life in the series finale.
    • Married couple Netossa and Spinnerella are seen holding a bouquet in varying colors of red, pink, and white during "Mer-Mysteries", in what behind the scenes confirms is a reference to the lipstick lesbian pride flag.
  • Total Drama: Bowie, who is gay, predominantly wears purple and green as his signature colors which are commonly associated with homosexuality.