Andrew Doyle: When I was growing up, Pride’s rainbow flag was a shining beacon of tolerance.

Andrew Doyle: When I was growing up, Pride's rainbow flag was a shining beacon of tolerance.

It is now Pride Month, formerly known as ‘June’.

The streets are decorated with different colored flags. They fly from shops, banks, schools, hospitals and almost every other public institution.

Proud colors are splashed around police cars, and big corporations have the banners neatly plastered on their websites and social media accounts.

In some areas, zebra crossings are painted in proud colors, although disability groups have made it clear that these eyes are confusing for guide dogs and the partially sighted.

But, of course, most people won’t complain. Why would they?

The original Rainbow Pride flag was first created in 1978 (left), while the black and brown stripes were added to the flag in 2017 (right).

A chevron for trans people was added to the flag in 2018 (left) – while a red umbrella symbol to represent sex workers was added in 2020 (right).

Britain is a nation of liberal-minded citizens, most of whom believe that everyone should be treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation. So flying the pride flag must be a sign of support for these minority groups, right?

Wrong, according to actor Lawrence Fox. This week, Fox posted a video online of him burning Pride-themed bunting in his back garden. At the end of the video he describes the flag as a ‘celebration of the mutilation of children’.

As you’d expect, this sparked outrage. Burning a symbol associated with equality for gays strikes many as reactionary and eccentric. What’s more, Fox’s words will make no sense to most people.

This is because many people are unaware of the insidious changes that have taken place in what the Pride flag actually represents today.

The truth is that a sinister movement has hijacked pride for its own bare political ends. The best way to understand how this happened is to trace the evolution of the flag since it was designed by American artist Gilbert Baker in 1978.

Baker’s flag was a simple rainbow. It had eight stripes, later reduced to six. This is the flag we have all become familiar with. It symbolized joy and hope and equal rights for gays, and flowed into pride parades and gay bars, restaurants and coffee shops.

But that flag is rarely seen these days, especially in Britain and America. The change began in 2017, when Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs added black and brown stripes to include racial minorities.

It was a strange change. After all, the point of the rainbow was that it represented everyone, regardless of race: after all, there was no white stripe.

But the floodgates were opened. Activists decided that they were not welcome unless specifically included in the flag.

And so soon came more changes. A pink, blue and white chevron representing trans people was added in 2018 by activist Daniel Quasar. It became known as the ‘progress pride’ flag.

A purple circle was added in 2021

Microsoft created a kaleidoscopic rainbow flag in 2022

The infinity symbol was placed on the Pride flag in 2023 to represent autistic people

Actor Lawrence Fox posted a video of himself burning a Pride flag in his back garden this week

At the end of the video he describes the flags as a ‘celebration of the mutilation of children’.

Most of us could see that the flag was beginning to overflow. But it didn’t end there. In 2020, ‘sexual health and wellness advocate’ Jason Domino added a red umbrella to symbolize the plight of sex workers around the world.

The following year, ‘equality speaker’ Valentino Vecchitti (‘she/they’) added the ‘intersex symbol’, a purple circle on a yellow background, representing a small minority born with ambiguous sexual characteristics. Not to be outdone, in 2022 Microsoft created a cool, kaleidoscopic monstrosity of 40 different variations on the Pride flag.

And, this week, Vecchietti returned to the field to propose a new Pride flag featuring an infinity symbol representing autistic people, ‘to recognize their wide and varied experiences with neurodiversity’.

Needless to say, these groups have very little in common with each other. It’s clear that arrogance is descending into farce. It’s bad enough that the old ‘LGB’ has expanded to ‘LGBTQIA2S+’, meaning ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Intersex, Asexual and Two-Spirit’ – this is ultimately for people who are both male and female. embodies Feminine characteristics.

The now all-encompassing rainbow flag, which has served perfectly well as a symbol of unity for decades, has been defaced by propagandists to cloak it with as many new symbols and colors as possible to promote their own distinctive and decidedly particular causes.

Gay pride has nothing more to do with it: it is being driven by what is known in academic circles as ‘intersectionality’. This new far-left religion focuses obsessively on group identity of race, gender, sexuality, or anything else.

Colloquially, this is known as awakening.

This obsession with ‘identity’ has had some truly confused and dangerous consequences. We’ve seen biological males infiltrate women’s sports, and male rapists housed in women’s prisons.

But children are also affected. This week, an audio recording went viral in which two 13-year-old students at Rye College in East Sussex were heard being scolded by their teacher for refusing to admit that a colleague could identify them as cats.

Equality speaker Valentino Vecchitti adds the ‘intersex symbol’, a purple circle on a yellow background, to the Pride flag in 2021

Rainbow Intersex-Inclusive Pride flags fly over London’s Regent Street to celebrate 50 years in the UK

It sounds like the stuff of fiction. But, as the Mail reported yesterday, at a school in Bedfordshire, a girl is identifying as a male cat called ‘Kit’. The 16-year-old often wears a cat mask and tail at school, rubbing up against his friends and being stroked by Miao.

Reports also surfaced this week of a middle-school student who identified as a dinosaur, another who insisted on being considered a horse and who wore a cape and called himself the moon.

What are these students doing?

Perhaps they are making a sarcastic gesture to express the ridiculousness of their teachers’ obsession with ‘diversity’. They realize that those in authority have surrendered to an irrational belief system and are naturally testing its limits.

Perversely, the children only see the situation for what it is, while their confused teachers go along with the new orthodoxy. We desperately need adults back in the room.

All of this is about as far from the goal of the original Pride movement as imaginable. The first UK march for ‘Gay Pride’ took place in London in 1972, with just over 2,000 brave people taking part. It was a protest against ongoing injustice: at the time, homosexuality had been legal in England and Wales for only five years, and would remain illegal in Scotland and Northern Ireland until the 1980s.

I grew up then, and it was impossible to be openly gay without unpleasant consequences. The flag was a symbol of acceptance: when I saw it, I knew it was a place where I could hold my lover’s hand without putting us at risk of abuse or violence.

Last year’s Pride parade in London, by contrast, attracted more than a million people, many of whom were not gay. In a sense, it’s a positive reflection of how far we’ve come. On the other hand, it also suggests that pride is no longer necessary.

It certainly has little to do with homosexuality – and indeed, many gay people no longer feel welcome at Pride. Last year, police removed lesbian activists from a Pride parade in Cardiff because they held banners that read ‘Lesbians don’t like gender’.

In other words, they were protesting against a movement that considered ‘gender identity’ more important than biological sex. This is, of course, the pernicious doctrine behind the new pride flag.

Pride flags were flown in Regent Street this month to celebrate 50 years of Pride

The UK’s first gay pride march took place in London in 1972 and was attended by just 2,000 people.

Even Stonewall – the UK’s foremost LGBT charity – has redefined the term ‘homosexual’ to mean ‘same-sex attracted’. Its CEO Nancy Kelly claims that refusing sex to lesbians who identify as female but still have male genitalia amounts to ‘sexual racism’. It is the complete opposite of homosexuality. Pretending that biology has nothing to do with sexual orientation, a view now endorsed by Stonewall, is actually a form of homophobia.

Yet such attitudes are common on social media, where extreme trans activists — by no means representative of trans people — regularly abuse gays online and shame them for their orientation. Some of them claim that ‘genital preferences are transphobic’ and that gay men who are not sexually attracted to the female body are ‘bigots’.

It’s a rehash of the old anti-gay trope: ‘You haven’t met the right girl yet.’

And then there’s the danger to children. Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service, the discredited pediatric ex-gender clinic run by the NHS, is finally due to close, following a devastating report by Dr Hilary Cass that it is not safe for young people.

History will show Tavistock was the greatest medical scandal in recent British history. In her book Time to Think, journalist Hannah Barnes found that 80 to 90 percent of teenagers referred to the clinic were same-sex attracted—that is, probably gay.

Studies conclusively show a strong correlation between ‘gender nonconformity’ in youth and homosexuality later in life. But instead of allowing girls to be tomboys or boys to be cute, the new religion of gender identity flies the pride flag, encouraging such children to believe they are ‘trapped in the wrong body’.

And it’s dangerous for vulnerable children. Tavistock and other similar clinics seem to me to be a form of conversion therapy — trying to turn gay kids straight.

The Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service was forced to close after a damning report

Many young gay men are put on dangerous puberty blockers because they don’t conform to heterosexual stereotypes. In almost all cases, this results in cross-sex hormone intake and in some cases irreversible surgery.

This is the point that Lawrence Fox, in his shocked and rather clumsy way, was trying to make this week.

So it’s hardly surprising that the new Pride flag, with all its ugly embellishments, is viewed by many as the very opposite of what it stands for — a celebration of diversity.

Instead it is a highly divisive symbol that works against the measured conservative forces that, after a long struggle, saw homosexuals accepted into society.

If you find all this confusing, you’re not alone. Awakened ideology is about misleading people, relying on people’s good nature and tricking decent people into supporting progressive ideas under the guise of progressivism.

But now that so many intelligent gay people are rejecting Pride, perhaps others will follow suit.

It is not easy to stand up for the wake, as they have no qualms about ‘cancelling’ those who take a different view, often contacting people’s employers and ruining their livelihoods and reputations. Sometimes, they even rely on the police to arrest their opponents for ‘wrong thinking’.

But I remain steadfast in my conviction that Britain is still an overwhelmingly liberal nation.

Despite threats and intimidation from powerful activists and corporate and political figures who do their bidding, we can and must reject these backward ideas.

I believe we should recapture the sense of unity and hope that was embodied in that original rainbow flag — and ditch the new one for good.

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