capriuni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (Default)
[personal profile] capriuni
This is the original one, I came up with last year:
Disability Pride flag HD

A black field crossed, from the top of the hoist to the bottom of the fly, by a "zigzag" band alternating between three long sections and two short sections.

This band is divided longitudinally into four colors (reading from left to right): Azure, Gold, Green, and Red.

The symbolism:

1) The black field:
  • Is the color of mourning (in the Western world), for all the victims of “mercy killing”.
  • Is the color of the “Black Triangle” badge the Nazis used to mark prisoners of concentration camps who were unable to work; these people were killed first. It’s now also the symbol of protest for the U.K.’s Disability Rights movement
  • Is the color of the pirates’ “Jolly Roger” flag

2) The Lightning Bolt/Zigzag
  • Represents how Disabled people have to navigate around barriers.
  • Represents breaking free from Normate Authority dictating our lives, and controlling our bodies

3) The colors:

  • Azure: Mental Illness (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Psychosis, etc. -- "the Blues")
  • Gold: Neurodivergence (Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, etc. -- Gold = "Au.")
  • Green: Sensory Disability (D/deaf, Blind, etc.)
  • Red: Physical Disability (Mobility Impairment, Disfigurement, Pain/Fatigue, etc. -- Red = Traditional color for bodily things)
  • Purple: Invisible Disability, Undiagnosed Disability

A while after I posted it I posted it to Tumblr, someone asked that I put a fifth stripe in, to represent invisible illnesses (which I had folded in with both mental illness and physical disability, but she pointed out that people with invisible disabilities are often made to feel that they don't count, or are "faking," and being specifically acknowledged would help break that stigma, and as she is someone with an invisible disability, I took her word for it.

Well, yesterday, I was in the mood to work on something visual, so decided to take a bit of time to tweak this... Half a day later, I got this:
disability pride 2

A black flag diagonally crossed from the top of the hoist (flagpole side) to the bottom of the fly (flappy end) by a five parallel “Lightning bolts” (three long sections running from hoist to fly, alternating with two short sections from fly to hoist) in stripes of light blue, gold, green, red, and purple, with narrow borders of black between them.

And, because I forgot to write this down the first time, and had to figure out how to do it again from scratch:

  1. Tracing lightly: Divide the height into thirds.
  2. Divide the length in fourths.
  3. Trace a diagonal line from the top left corner to the intersection of the first horizontal line and the middle vertical line.
  4. Trace a matching diagonal line up from the bottom corner to the intersection of the second horizontal line and the middle vertical line.
  5. Center a third line between them, in the middle third of the flag.
  6. Trace a line of the same angle from the bottom of the first diagonal line until it intersects the second diagonal line; erase the portion of the middle diagonal to the left of this point.
  7. Repeat to create the connection between the second diagonal line and the third; erase the portion of the final diagonal to the left of this point (this will be the top edge of the green stripe, and the line with which all others will be parallel).
  8. Each colored band is 1/10 as wide as the overall flag is long, and the width of each border is ~ 1/3 of that (so if the flag is 5′ long, each colored stripe would be ~ 6″ wide, and the border between each stripe would be ~ 2″)

Date: 2017-06-20 12:43 am (UTC)
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pebblerocker
The black in between the coloured stripes really makes it pop! And the new colour looks good, the colours look bolder with the purple on the end. I like it!

Date: 2017-06-24 11:43 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Default)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
This is lovely -- I want to start spreading the word. Thinking about a t-shirt?


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