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Progress Pride Flag Initiative

The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance is committed to supporting Northwestern community members of all identities and recognize the importance of centering voices that have historically been left out of our conversations. We believe Daniel Quasar’s Progress Pride Flag is a powerful representation of these values and are proud to use Daniel's art in representing our work. ”

Kate Harrington-Rosen, Former Director of Equity Outreach & Education


Daniel Quasar’s Progress Pride Flag Impact Facts:

  • Original Multi-Coloured Rainbow Flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 in San Francisco
  • Transgender Pride Flag (white, pink, and light blue stripes) designed by transgender activist and veteran Monica Helms in 1999
  • Artist Daniel Quasar combined both renderings to reimagine and re-design the Progress Pride Flag in 2018
  • The flags black and brown stripes represent marginalized LBGT communities of colour, community members lost to HIV/AIDS, and those currently living with AIDS
  • Quasar reshaped the new flag colors into a chevron to represent a need for forward movement
  • Quasar wanted to, “shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate.” Specifically, to draw attention to the need to center and support black and brown queer and trans people, as well as those living with AIDS


For more information about Qasar’s work, and about the history of this redesign, click here!