Leather Flags


Common symbols of pride are the rainbow pride flag, the lowercase Greek letter lambda (λ), and the pink and black triangle. This last symbol was reclaimed from use as badges of shame in Nazi concentration camps, and through reappropriation have made these symbols for gay rights.

The Greek letter lambda was selected as a symbol by the Gay Activists Alliance of New York in 1970. In December 1974, the lambda was officially declared the international symbol for gay and lesbian rights by the International Gay Rights Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. The lambda signifies unity under oppression.

The pink triangle was used exclusively with male prisoners—lesbians were not included under Paragraph 175, a statute which made homosexual acts between males a crime. However, women were arrested and imprisoned for “antisocial behavior,” which included feminism, lesbianism, and prostitution, and was applied to women who did not conform to the ideal Nazi image of a woman. These women were labeled with a black triangle.

The fetish community has contributed greatly to gay symbolism, providing a rich and colorful landscape of creative icons to unite behind, and wave proudly. Scroll down or click on any flag to discover their meaning, history and to see some of the variations and changes some flags have made over the years.


The Leather Pride Flag is a symbol for the leather community, which encompass those who are into leather, Levis, SM, BD, uniform, cowboys, rubber, and other fetishes. The flag was created by Tony DeBlase and first displayed on May 28, 1989, at the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, IL.


Primarily seen in european counties, the BDSM Rights Flag
is intended to represent the belief that people whose sexuality or relationship preferences include Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, or Sadism and Masochism (“BDSM”) deserve the same human rights as everyone else, and should not be discriminated against for pursuing BDSM with consenting adults.

The flag is inspired by the Leather Pride Flag and Quagmyr’s BDSM Emblem, but is specifically intended to represent the concept of BDSM Rights and to be without the other symbols’ restrictions against commercial use. It’s designed to be recognizable by people familiar with either the Leather Pride Flag or BDSM Triskelion (or Triskele) as “something to do with BDSM”; and to be distinctive whether reproduced in full color, or in black and white (or another pair of colors). For more information: http://www.bdsmrights.com/



The BDSM Emblem Flag shown here is a variation of the symbol created by Quagmyr in 1995. The Emblem is a symbol strictly for the SM, BD, and DS community only. For more information on the BDSM Emblem please visit Quagmyr’s site http://emblemproject.sagcs.net/


Created in 2011 by Pup Flip Gray (LeatherPup) for the
Tampa Leather Club, the Tampa Bay Leather Sir & Leather boy Contest, The Saint Petersburg Pride Parade and the Tampa Bay Leather n Fetish Pride Event.

The Puppy Pride Flag has the same number of stripes as
the Leather Pride Flag. The stripes are set on a 30 degree diagonal reminiscent of the boy flag to indicate a new direction. The white stripe is wider than the other stripes to represent the broadness of the puppy movement. The blood red bone in the center of the flag indicates the unconditional, non-judgmental heart of the puppy.

For more information:http://www.leatherpups.com/z



Created for the 10th Anniversary of FENIX Global Skin Movement (a gay-skinhead organization), the group felt there was a need to unite skins behind one flag, and this was the result. This flag was designed by SkinDavid and Shadowskin in Antwerp, Belgium in 2006. The feather crown represents the brotherhood ‘united’ aspect. For more information: http://www.fenix-gsm.net


The “Master/slave and Dom/sub Flag” was unveiled at the Master/slave Conference in DC in July 2005 by Master Tallen and slave andrew. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.masterslaveflag.com/html/home.html

Original design: Master Tallen 2005
Original artwork: slave andrew


The Slave Flag has been floating around on the web for sometime, sadly Its creator is unknown. The flag appears
here for the community and not for, nor used in any commercial use.


According to the Colors of Leather website, After a two
year debate with in the community, on July 4th, 2005 Jesse ‘Spanky’ Penley came up with a design that would eventually become the accepted Boot Black Pride Flag. Which made its premier at the International LeatherSir/ International Leatherboy weekend in Atlanta, GA on Oct 6th, 2005.Using the Leather Pride colors, Spanky used a diagonal
stripe to differentiate from the leather pride flag. The flag
only uses three stripes, two blue, and one white. The width
of the stripes, signify the wide range of people who are, and appreciate boot blacks. The unisex boot, stands for the
non-gender specific nature of boot blacking. The large red heart positioned behind the boot, signifies the heart that the bootblack puts behind his or her boots.


The Boy-Boi Pride Flag was created and designed by boy Keith and debuted at Mid-Atlantic Leather in 1999. The original flag now hangs in theLeather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL. The flag appears here for the community and is not intended for any commercial use.


The Military Fetish Flag has been floating around on the web for sometime; sadly Its creator is unknown. The flag appears here for the community and not for any commercial use.


This International Rubber Flag was designed by Peter Tolos and Scott Moats in 1994 as a means to identifying like-minded men and reflects the sensory, sensual, and mental passion
we have for rubber. Black – our lust for the look and feel for shiny black rubber, red – our blood passion for rubber and rubbermen, brilliant yellow – our drive for intense rubber play and fantasies, and the chevron – just a little kink. The International Rubber Flag design is owned by Peter Tolos (RubberBear). Please contact him for written permission to use. Noncommercial personal use is licensed in writing free
of charge. Commercial licenses are available. Unauthorized use is prohibited. Contact Information:
 or voice/fax (818) 759-0511


The (Leather) Cowboy Fetish Flag is a symbol for the leather and/or cowboy community, which encompass those who are into cowboys or who do live the life of the modern-day gay cowboy. The idea behind the creation of the symbol was to give the gay cowboy-cowboy fetish community a created symbol of there own. The artist does observe that the horse looks like a stylized Lambda symbol by chance, and not by design. The flag was created by artist Sean Campbell in 2001.


The Behr Pride Flag is a symbol for the Bear community, which is composed by Gay men marked with (usually) an abundance of hair on their face, chest, and body. The flag elements are a bear’s paw and five colors representing the basic hair types. Created by Sean Campbell in 1995 and
was used in many of the Twilight Guard’s promotional and informational material the same year.


The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed to represent the Brotherhood of Bears. The International bear flag was designed by Craig Byrnes in 1995. (There is much debate about the origin of the bear flag, as well as Mr. Byrnes’ claim as the creator and copy right holder). The colors of the flag denote either hair colors or skin colors of the human race and was designed with inclusion in mind.


The Gay Pride (Rainbow Flag) is a symbol for the gay community, which plays a part in many myths and stories related to gender and sexuality issues in Greek, Native American, African, and other cultures. The flag was created
by artist Gilbert Baker and first appeared in the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade in 1978. The design has undergone several revisions from the first design, seen here with the original eight stripes pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue/indigo, and violet. The hot pink stripe was removed due to fabric unavailability in 1978-1979.


This is the more popular known Gay Pride (Rainbow) Flag, created in 1979 after the turquoise stripe was removed from the design and Indigo changed to royal blue.

In 1989, the rainbow flag came to nationwide attention in
the United States after John Stout sued his landlords and
won when they attempted to prohibit him from displaying the flag from his West Hollywood, California, apartment balcony.


Many variations of the rainbow flag have been used. This version which includes a triangle, a well know symbol for gay rights was created by the artist Sean Campbell in 1999 and saw its first national use as an graphic element for a pride edition in GLT magazine in 2000.


Many variations of the rainbow flag have been used. This version is United States of America flag with Gay Pride colors and a field of hot pink, it was created by the artist Sean Campbell in 1999 and first national use as an graphic element for a pride edition in GLT magazine in 2000.


In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, AIDS activists designed a “Victory over AIDS” flag consisting of the standard six-stripe rainbow flag with a black stripe across the bottom. Leonard Matlovich, himself dying of AIDS-related illness, suggested that upon a cure for AIDS being discovered, the black stripes be removed from the flags and burned.


The Straight Allies flag emerged in the late 2000s for people who supported the LGBT Rights movement but did not personally use the rainbow flag because they did not identify themselves as being gay, or did not want to people to have the misconception that they were gay. The flag consists of a Rainbow upside-down ‘V’ on a black and white stripped background. The Rainbow ‘V’ represents the “A” in Activism, with the rainbow colours represented the Gay Pride flag. The black and white stripes represent heterosexuality.


The bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page
in 1998 in order to give the bisexual community its own symbol comparable to the Gay pride flag of the larger
gay community. His aim was to increase the visibility of bisexuals, both among society as a whole and within the
gay community.

The deep pink or rose stripe at the top of the flag represents the possibility of same gender attraction; the royal blue stripe at the bottom of the flag represents the possibility of opposite gender attraction and the stripes overlap in the central fifth of the flag to form a deep shade of lavender or purple, which represents the possibility of attraction anywhere along the entire gender spectrum.


The Lesbian/Labrys Pride Flag is a symbol for the lesbian community. The elements in this flag are the labrys, a double-sided hatchet or axe commonly used in ancient European, African, and Asian matriarchal societies as both a weapon
and a harvesting tool. The color lavender became popular in American lesbian circles in the 1930s. Like the pink triangle, the black triangle is also rooted in Nazi Germany. The black triangle was used to designate prisoners with anti-social behavior which included lesbians. The flag was created by artist Sean Campbell in 1999 and first national use as an graphic element for a pride edition in GLT magazine in 2000.


The Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag made its apprearance on the web on December 16, 2010. The author/creator is Nmdesigns (the name listed as the author on wikipedia website, but that may only mean that this person upload the file to wikipedia, and may not be the creator of the flag). Sadly that is all that is known and no other the information is available at this time. The flag appears here for the community and not for, nor used in any commercial use.


The Feather Pride Flag is a symbol for the Drag community, which encompass those who are into Drag Queens, Fancy Kings, their courts and other fetishes. The phoenix which
the gay community has embraces for its own as a symbol
of rebirth, it is symbolic display here for the fires of passion which the drag community had in the early days of HIV/AID epidemic, raising funds for research within the gay community. The flag was created by artist Sean Campbell in 1999 and first national use as an graphic element for a pride edition in GLT magazine in 2000.

* asterisk items are the creation of Sean Patrick Campbell, and have been copied righted under the artist name. These items are also declared public domain by the artist. The creator does not believe that graphics created to represent a community should be privately held or to be used for private economic commercial use when said icon(s) are to represent a community and not a self contain group or organization. The intention of copy righting the material is to prevent any other parties form claiming ownership of images, and there for preventing said images from being used , seen or otherwise by the community for which the design was attained for. The artists ask only if you do use the images, that credit be given to the creator, and that he is also informed about any commercial use, so he can look forward to seeing said product with his design. If you have any question on the icons, please feel free to contact the artist.

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