Aromantic.org & the flag.
“Because of the relative emptiness of the source site, it feels like something that was put together by a couple of people and not by a community. I like the ace flag because they at least attempted to get many peoples’ opinions and there is real thought behind it, real representation of the community.”
I’m actually one of the people who originally put together aromantic.org. At the time there were absolutely no resources for aromantics that were not exclusively asexual spaces. We made the site in the hopes that it would encourage a community, because we were sure we weren’t the only ones who felt the way we did.
And it worked! I was so excited when the aromantic community suddenly exploded on tumblr!
We designed the flag to be as inclusive as possible and we used fairly basic color symbolism. Green, (being the opposite, complimentary color to red, which usually represents romance), represents aromanticism. Yellow, like the yellow rose which represents friendship, stands for various forms of queerplatonic love. Orange, being red once removed toward yellow, represents lithromantics. And black represents romantics who choose to reject traditional romance.
We decided to make a flag even though there were so few of us because having a rallying symbol, we felt, would help coalesce the community. And I think it worked!
That said, of course now that there is a large, active community we should reopen discussion of the flag and any other symbols.
- From detectivepunchymchitsthings:
Interesting to know the history and meaning behind it! I agree though that we should perhaps reassess what we want for a flag.
Here is a quote regarding the history behind the flag’s creation. I don’t’ think they mention dermiromantics, but I see no reason why demiromantic people can’t use it :)