Introduction

Lesbian Flag, Labrys

Lesbian flag with an upright white two-headed labrys axe on a point-down black equilateral triangle on a purple field.

Lesbian Flag, Labrys

Created by Sean Campbell in 1999.

Unveiled in the June 2000 edition of the Gay and Lesbian Times (Greater Palm Springs Edition)

Definition

“Someone, who can be transgender or cisgender, who generally considers themself a woman who is attracted to other women.”
– The Transgender Language Primer. See the full lesbian definition.

Style Guide

This flag has an upright white two-headed labrys axe on a point-down black equilateral triangle on a purple field.

Meaning

The labrys is an ancient Mediterranean symbol of matriarchal power. The triangle was a Nazi symbol for “anti-social” groups, including lesbians. Purple is a common queer color.

About the Creator

Sean Campbell is a gay man and a graphic designer. He needed images for the June 2000 issue of Gay and Lesbian Times, and it was so new they didn’t have a photo archive yet, so he made several Pride flags instead. This is the first lesbian flag.

Sources

Putting Out Sean Campbell’s Flags