Why These Colours?

It is incredibly important to recognize and honour intersectionality within the QTBIPoC community. We have used this value as a lens through which each resource, word and image was selected in the For Us By Us: Resources to Support QTBIPoC Student Success toolkit and are proud to launch this resource with a thoughtful nod to Daniel Quasar’s progress flag designed in 2018 (pictured above in the top slide show). This flag was designed to acknowledge all aspects of identity and how they intersect with one another individually and politically, recognizing the interconnected struggles.

Quasar writes …

”the 6 stripe LGBTQ flag should be separated from the newer stripes because of their difference in meaning, as well as to shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate. The main section of the flag (background) includes the traditional 6 stripe LGBTQ flag as seen in its most widely used form so as not to take away from its original meaning.

The trans flag stripes and marginalized community stripes were shifted to the Hoist of the flag and given a new chevron shape. The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made.”

This flag became more commonly recognized after the international focus on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Intersectionality was and will continue to be a priority while curating these resources so it feels appropriate to symbolize its significance through the images we choose. That is why each category you see listed above has been illustrated with a colour from the progress flag.

A breakdown of each colour and what it represents:

Red, life
Orange, healing
Yellow, sunlight
Green, nature
Blue, harmony/peace
Purple, violet
Light blue, light pink, white, trans and non-binary individuals
Brown, Black, marginalized POC communities as well as those living with AIDS and the stigma, prejudice surrounding them and those who have been lost to disease. Stay tuned for future updates where we will honour intersectionality and progress through colours and artwork on this page.