Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana, who frequently uses his films and social media platforms to promote inclusivity, marked Pride Month on Monday by highlighting the newly unveiled Pride flag, which aims to make the movement more gender-inclusive. Ayushmann is currently developing ‘Anek,’ ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui,’ and ‘Doctor G.’
When asked to elaborate on his choice of the new Pride flag, the actor, who portrayed an openly gay man in the film ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhaan’ and is the Celebrity Advocate for UNICEF in India, revealed, when asked to elaborate on his choice of the new Pride flag, revealed, “I read about the intent with which the new design of the Pride flag has been unveiled and I wanted to bring attention to this important conversation. The new design by Intersex Equality Rights, UK incorporates intersex people into the movement.”
He continued, “When it comes to the intersex movement, “I strive to bring as much attention to inclusivity as possible through my films and social media, and I believe that people should be aware of the intersex movement. As actors, we are fortunate to be able to bring attention to critical issues, and I’m doing my part by speaking about Pride month.”
The rainbow flag has undergone numerous changes over the years. It was originally designed by Gilbert Baker, an American artist and gay rights activist, with the colour palette representing the LGBTQ+ community’s diversity. On June 25, 1978, the flag was displayed at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
Baker viewed the rainbow as a natural flag from the sky, according to britannica.com. He chose eight colours that each represented something. Hot pink represents sex, red represents life, orange represents healing, yellow represents sunlight, green represents nature, turquoise represents art, indigo represents harmony, and violet represents spirit.
Due to production issues, the pink and turquoise stripes were later removed and the indigo was replaced with blue, resulting in the six-striped flag seen today. The flag did not truly become a prominent symbol of the community until 1994.
In 2017, under the leadership of American civil rights activist Amber Hikes, Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, the flag was amended to include black and brown stripes to represent people of colour. In 2018, Daniel Quasar redesigned the flag to include the transgender community.
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