Adding RAINBOW FLAG to Unicode

Noah Slater nslater at
Sat Jun 27 14:06:48 CDT 2015

On Sat, 27 Jun 2015 at 19:49 Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at> wrote:

> 2015-06-27 19:26 GMT+02:00 Noah Slater <nslater at>:
>> c. Image distinctiveness: the rainbow flag is visually distinct.
> Not so distinct from several other former rainbow flags used in South
> America.
> In fact the number of colours in the rainbow varies culturally depending
> on countries, even when it is intended to refer to the LGBT communities.
> The exact list of colors is not really fixed

Thanks for the info!

As I read it, item (c) of the Selection Factors annex is about whether it
is possible to have a "clearly recognisable" image. It does not appear to
be talking about whether there is a single visual representation.

In fact, on the strength of that, I strike the "six-color version popular
since 1979" part of my proposal. Instead, I'd suggest that how implementors
represent the rainbow flag is up to them.

As you point out, there may be multiple valid ways of representing this
single concept.

Should it be entered as RAINBOW FLAG, in a generic sense, with the
intention that it could be used for many different things, perhaps with an
comment about it being a pride flag or an LGBT flag? Or should it be
entered as PRIDE FLAG, with it's use as a rainbow flag as noted as a
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