We live in a society where our identities are multiple and hierarchical. We might be privileged and oppressed in different contexts. And it is true that no one representation would fit us all.
The Pride flag is used worldwide by the LGBTQ community, and it has the colours of a rainbow to represent the diversity of our community. The pride flag is often redesigned to represent intersectionality.
The rainbow flag was popularized as a symbol of the Queer community by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. The LGBTQ Pride flag of South Africa introduced after apartheid in 1994 is a hybrid between the Rainbow Flag and the South African National Flag to represent the freedom and diversity of the county. In June 2017, the city of Philadelphia in the US introduced black and brown stripes to the Rainbow flag to represent people of colour who are underrepresented, marginalised and ignored and even intentionally excluded.
In India, we cannot talk about social justice in the absence of existing movements that demand equality to the oppressed. The Queer community is diverse in every aspect and we cannot talk about Queer rights by ignoring other social issues which affect and shape us as Queer individuals. In Tamil Nadu, the Ambedkarite, Dravidian, and Leftist ideologies and movements have played significant roles in demand for equal rights, and thus in the very fabric in this society, including queer individuals where these ideologies have a greater impact in shaping our identities, politics and call for equality. To stand together in the larger fight for social justice, this flag is a call for the Queer community to look into the caste, class, geographical and other socio-cultural privileges some of us have which also marginalises fellow queer voices. This is also a call for the non-queer persons in these three movements to stand as allies with the Queer community in our fight for self-respect, dignity, and against oppression, to make their spaces safe and inclusive.