Did you know that July is disability pride motnh? Did you know that there is a disability pride flag?
Well here it is:
The creater of the flag last year in a post on their website officially waved all copy write to the image and even created a guide to draw it yourself which you can find here.
This is such a huge gift to the community I wanted to share it and say thank you. The symbolism of the flag is beautiful and I want to use Anne’s words so I’m going to quote them below, again taken from her website.
1) The black field: Black has three significant meanings:
First: the color of mourning for all those disabled people who have been murdered in the name of “mercy.”
Second: the color of the pirates’ “Jolly Roger” flag, representing our determination to steal our lives back from those public (and private) ‘authorities,’ who use their power in an attempt keep us marginalized.
Third: A reference to the Nazi Black Triangle badge, which was used to identify those whom the Nazis considered “antisocial“ and which has been adopted in Britain to protest the government’s austerity measures against the Disabled.
2) The “Lightning Bolt” motif:
Diagonal lines have been traditionally used in the flags of former colonies, to represent breaking free from colonial powers (empire nations tend to have flags dominated by horizontal and vertical lines). And Disabled people’s lives have long been ‘colonized’ by the medical, religious, and educational establishments.
The zigzag shape represents how the Disabled people must continually navigate around the structural and attitudinal barriers erected throughout normate society, and also the creative, ‘lateral,’ thinking we have to use to solve problems each day.
3) The individual colors represent broad categories of disabilities:
Blue: mental illness disabilities
Yellow: Cognitive and intellectual disabilities
Green: Sensory perception disabilities
Red: Physical disabilities”.
I’m going to post later on in the month about the importance of disability pride month but in the meantime I would encourage you to look at the hashtag on social media, the biggest thing you can do as an ally is research!