Wadham has long been flying the Pride flag above the College entrance to mark LGBTQ History Month. A proposal from Wadham Student Union to fly the new Progress Pride flag was endorsed by the College, demonstrating Wadham’s commitment to equality for all.
“While to many the rainbow flag retains its original meaning, others disagree, given the commercialisation of the rainbow flag in recent years; with many corporations feeling that they can simply incorporate a rainbow into their logo and that this will signify allyship to the LGBTQ+ community,” said an SU spokesperson.
The Progress Pride flag was created in 2018, based on the mainstream Pride flag but with the addition of a chevron on the left, pointing to the right, which is comprised of black, brown, blue, pink and white chevrons. The purpose of this flag is to explicitly show allegiance with the community of queer/trans/intersex people of colour and those who live with and have lost their lives to AIDs.
“This flag is becoming more popular among activists, because it shows an awareness of our history, and a dedication to inclusivity and activism for all queer lives” added the SU spokesperson.