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Last week, the city of Philadelphia revealed a revamped version of the gay pride flag. The revised flag has a black and brown stripe added on top of the traditional rainbow flag, meant to represent people of colour who are ”marginalized, ignored, and even intentionally excluded”.
But some members of the community think that the addition is unnecessary at best and divisive at worst. Charley Beal, a friend of the original flag’s designer Gilbert Baker, told NBC: “The stripes were not chosen for skin color — they were chosen to reflect the spectrum of color in nature.”
A spokesperson for Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs told NBC that the controversy is unfounded, and that the flag isn’t meant to replace the original, but to be “additive.”
Oh, additives. They cause so many problems.