In alignment with this year’s gala theme, we have chosen to assign each table a 2022 colour. Each colour listed is a symbol of diversity and inclusivity.
The chosen colours are recognized worldwide in both the Progress Pride Flag and the Disability Pride Flag. Here are their meanings:
The red in the flag represents life. This makes sense if you think about how blood is red and how often blood is thought of as a vital life force of the body. Red also represents passion among many cultures, and passion is ideally where life originates from. In addition, the colour red may be used to give visibility to those who have physical disabilities.
Orange represents healing. Orange is believed to be a fun and celebratory colour. Fun and celebration are both healing activities.
If you guessed that yellow represented sunlight, you would be correct. The colour yellow functions as the flag’s radiant and bright centre. The colour yellow is said to stimulate new ideas and thoughts. On the Disability Pride Flag gold represents neurodivergence.
There is a lot of green in nature, which is what this colour on the Progress Pride Flag is meant to convey. Nature is a healing place, and the colour green is associated with prosperity and growth. Green may also be used as a symbol for those who have sensory disabilities.
The blue in the Progress Pride Flag is for serenity. Little is more important than the ability to feel calm and serene. Blue is known as a relaxing colour that soothes the soul. The colour blue is often used for night-time consumer products to represent bedtime and calmness. The colour blue may also be used to spread awareness of people with psychiatric disabilities.
The colour purple represents spirit. Purple is often thought of as a regal, royal colour that, on its own, denotes pride. Like blue, purple is considered a calming colour, but rather than being associated only with calm, the colour purple connects us to the spiritual realm.
The colours black and brown were added to the Progress Pride Flag to represent people of colour (POC). This was an important addition because people of colour have often been left out of the queer narrative despite being the driving force behind the movement. Additionally, the black and brown stripes are meant to represent people living with HIV/AIDS, those who have died from it, and the stigma around the virus that is still present in our society now. Black is also used as the background of the Disability Pride Flag and it represents mourning for those with disabilities who have suffered from violence or abuse.
Pink, Baby Blue, White
Traditionally, the colours pink and baby blue have been used to represent whether a baby is a boy or a girl. Here, the colours denote those genders. The colour white represents people who are transitioning, intersex, or identify outside of the gender binary. White is also known as a way to give visibility to people with invisible or undiagnosed disabilities.