New Pride flag hangs in several spots around Dane County; What the new changes symbolize

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett announced Monday that for the first time ever, the Progress Pride flag will fly above the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

“This flag is more than just a flag. It’s a symbol of not just tolerance but acceptance for all,” Barrett said in a Facebook video.

Most people are used to seeing the traditional rainbow pride flag, which is still significant in what it stands for and represents, but the new flag, referred to as the Progress Pride flag, is an updated version.

Outreach Program Director Mark Hargrove Jr. said the changes allow a historically marginalized group to be heard and visible.

“The addition of the black, brown, light blue, pink and white stripes, which adds representation for marginalized people of color, for trans folks and for those who have passed living with HIV/AIDS.”

An artist in San Francisco created the original pride flag in 1978. The transgender pride flag was designed by an activist and veteran in 1999. Then, in 2018, another artist combined and reimagined the flags to create the Progress Pride flag.

“It’s one of those ways that tell people we’re here too,” Hargrove Jr. said.

The chevron arrow placed on the left side of the flag symbolizes how much progress we’ve made, but a reminder that we need to keep moving forward.

“If you’re ever in this building or dealing with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, we will always accept you, no matter what,” Barrett said.