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The light blue, pink and white colors featured in the new and popular progress pride flag represent the transgender community whose flag features the same color.
The colors do not represent people who are attracted to children or virgins.
We get it. Keeping up with all the pride flags can be a challenge sometimes.
But this viral TikTok got it really wrong.
The video, shared on Facebook, shows a man standing in front of a large mural of the progress pride flag. In it, he claims that the added colors of white, light blue and pink stand for "minor-attracted persons or youth-attracted persons, the pedophile flag."
(Progress pride flag, Shutterstock)
The man in the video goes on to explain that the pink represents attraction to infant girls, the light blue stands for attraction to infant boys and the white "stands for attraction to virgin children."
The Facebook post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
The claim is wrong. Those colors are an attempt to incorporate the transgender pride flag into the more traditional rainbow flag.
The transgender pride flag was created in 1999 by U.S Navy veteran Monica Helms. The blue stripes represent the traditionally masculine colors, and the pink represents the traditionally feminine colors according to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ+ advocacy group. The white stripe in the middle represents people who are transitioning, intersex or nonbinary, meaning they identify as neither a man nor a woman.
(Transgender pride flag, Shutterstock)
The colors do not represent attraction to children.
The progress pride flag featured in the video, which includes a triangle on the left side with five new colors, was created by artist Daniel Quasar in 2018. It was an attempt to build upon the Philadelphia pride flag, which added black and brown stripes for people of color.
"The trans flag stripes and marginalized community stripes were shifted to the Hoist of the flag and given a new chevron shape," wrote Quasar on his website. "The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the hoist edge shows that progress still needs to be made."
Others have tried to connect the colors to a flag design for "minor-attracted persons," which began circulating a few years ago, but numerous fact-checkers have debunked this myth and found that this flag design is not at all related to the LGBTQ+ community or movement.
The new colors in the progress pride flag are meant to be inclusive of transgender people. It was not created to celebrate adults who are attracted to children. We rate this claim Pants on Fire!
Victoria and Albert Museum, "The Progress Pride flag," accessed June 1, 2023
USA Today, "Blue, pink and white: What the colors of the Transgender Pride Flag mean," April 28, 2023
Human Rights Campaign, "LGBTQ+ Pride Flags," accessed June 1, 2023
Progress Initiative, "What's the story behind the Progress Pride Flag?," accessed June 1, 2023
AFP Fact Check, "A flag for pedophiles? It exists, but it is not a push for inclusion in the LGBT community," July 11, 2019
Reuters, "The Progress Pride Flag adds representation for transgender and people of color to the rainbow," May 31, 2023
Chequeado, "No, no hay evidencia de que las "personas atraídas por menores" estén buscando incluirse en el movimiento LGBT," June 14, 2020
Snopes, "Does This Image Represent a 'MAPs Pride Flag'?" July 14, 2018
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