June is Pride Month, when companies will begin producing products in all shades of the rainbow to honor the LGBTQ+ community, and Lego is already there, unveiling a new Lego set titled “Everyone is Awesome,” CNN writes.
The set creates a sort of stage, with eleven Minifigures matching the colors of the Progress Pride Flag, seen below:
Pride.com states that the Progress Pride Flag was designed by Daniel Quasar. It includes the rainbow used by previous Pride flags, as well as the blue, white, and pink of the Transgender flag and black and brown stripes to represent communities of color. History.com writes that the original Pride flag appeared in 1978; it was commissioned by Harvey Milk and created by Gilbert Baker, an artist, Vietnam War veteran, and drag queen, for the San Francisco pride parade. The original flag had colors not found in the current iteration, all of which had a different meaning. Pride.com lists these colors as hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art and magic, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit. Eventually, History.com states, the flag was simplified down to the simple rainbow we recognize today. The black and brown stripes, according to Pride.com, originally appeared in Philadelphia to recognize the tendency to exclude people of color from the LGBTQ+ community, and the Transgender Flag appeared in 1999, created by Monica Helms.
The Pride Flag, according to them.us, serves as both a general representation of the LGBTQ+ community, but which began as a representation for gay men, and became more general from there. Other groups have their own flags and labels to represent their specific identities, which deserve representation during Pride month just as much as the Pride flag does.
CNN states that companies creating products that cater to the LGBTQ community help foster inclusivity and grant people a sense of belonging, though a part of me wishes it wasn’t all compressed into a single month. As a believer in the power of art, I believe that media needs to increase its representation to include all aspects of the human experience so that people can see themselves and others can learn. This Lego set has the potential to teach children about themselves or to encourage acceptance and awareness of others’ experiences. Pride Month, and all other months of awareness, are incredibly important because of this, of their simultaneous ability to educate and affirm.