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LGBT Flag Colors Hex, RGB & CMYK Codes

LGBT Rainbow Flag

There are 6 colors in this flag. These are Vivid Red (#FF0018), Deep Saffron (#FFA52C), Maximum Yellow (#FFFF41), Green (#008018), Blue (#0000F9) and Philippine Violet (#86007D).

This color combination was created by user Manish. The Hex, RGB and CMYK codes are in the table below.

Color Information Shades
Vivid Red
  • Name: Vivid Red
  • Hex: #FF0018
  • RGB: (255, 0, 24)
  • CMYK: 0, 1, 0.905, 0
Deep Saffron
  • Name: Deep Saffron
  • Hex: #FFA52C
  • RGB: (255, 165, 44)
  • CMYK: 0, 0.352, 0.827, 0
Maximum Yellow
  • Name: Maximum Yellow
  • Hex: #FFFF41
  • RGB: (255, 255, 65)
  • CMYK: 0, 0, 0.745, 0
Green
  • Name: Green
  • Hex: #008018
  • RGB: (0, 128, 24)
  • CMYK: 1, 0, 0.812, 0.498
Blue
  • Name: Blue
  • Hex: #0000F9
  • RGB: (0, 0, 249)
  • CMYK: 1, 1, 0, 0.023
Philippine Violet
  • Name: Philippine Violet
  • Hex: #86007D
  • RGB: (134, 0, 125)
  • CMYK: 0, 1, 0.067, 0.474

LGBT stands for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. It has been used since the 1990s and replaces the term ‘gay’, which on its own, did not describe the community correctly. Further expansion has led to the inclusion of queer and the community which is now LGBTQ.

Before the LGBTQ rainbow flag came into existence, the community used a pink triangle symbol as their identity. However, this was soon done away with because of the dark history associated with the symbol – it was used by Nazis to segregate homosexuals.

The original flag was designed by Gilbert Baker and was flown for the first time on 25 June 1978 at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. This flag had 8 stripes (from the top) – hot pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo and violet which represented sex, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic/art, serenity and spirit, respectively.

The present day LGBTQ+ Pride Flag has only 6 colors which are placed in equal-sized horizontal stripes. The indigo (#400098) and turquoise (#00C0C0) from the original flag were merged into one blue stripe and hot pink (#FF69B6) was removed. The flag now has (from the top) red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet; and their closest Pantone® values are 185 C, 1375 C, 101 C, 356 C, 2736 C and 2415 C, respectively.

Several variants of the rainbow flag have been introduced and flown at “Pride Parades” since. A 9-striped flag, based on the original 8-striped one, has a white stripe in the middle. It surfaced on 12 February 2018 at the Love Fest carnival in São Paulo. The white stripe completes the full sexual spectrum and also symbolises peace and union.

The South African gay pride flag combines the 6-colored LGBTQ+ flag with the flag of the country. It was designed by Eugene Brockman and unveiled in Cape Town in 2010.

In 2017, the original designer of the flag, Gilbert Baker, created a 9-striped flag in 2017. A lavender (#CE66FF; PMS 252 C) stripe was placed at the very top.

The city of Philadelphia created its own version of the 6-striped rainbow flag by including black and brown as the first two stripes. This is called the Philadelphia Pride Flag. The additional colors were added to support people of color. The hexadecimal code and closest Pantone® value of the brown are #794D10 and 731 C, respectively.

  • Ian May 10th, 2018

    This helped me a lot! Also, I just wanted to point out that in the description of the flag, there’s a typo that makes the word “flag” into “f*g” ^ ^;

  • Manish May 11th, 2018

    LOL. I don’t think so 🙂

  • Jamie cooper June 16th, 2018

    Who makes paint with his codes?

  • Agustín June 28th, 2018

    CMYK codes are wrong 🙁

  • Manish July 3rd, 2018

    The CMYK are calculated from the hexadecimal colour codes (RGB, if you like). They are close approximations. True CMYK colors are dependent on the printer, quality of the ink, the material (color, nature and texture) on which the printing is to take place etc.
    Hope this helps.

  • Stephen October 10th, 2018

    The CMYK colours are completely off I’m afraid.

    They are using values below 1 so for example the electric red – CMYK: 0, 1, 1, 0.094 when you enter those values the swatch comes out white as there is no value high enough to make the magenta and yellow strong enough to make red. The red should be more close to C:0 M:99 Y:100 K:0

    Every colour is the same – the values for each colour makes 6 shades of white.

    They have not been taken from the RGB or HEX properly and will never produce a close approximation.

  • Manish November 17th, 2018

    We’ve displayed CMYK values in decimal form. In percentages, the values for the LGBT flag would be as follows:

    Red: cmyk(0,100,100,9.4)
    Orange: cmyk(0,45,100,0)
    Yellow: cmyk(0,6.2,100,0)
    Green: cmyk(100,0,75.9,49.4)
    Blue: cmyk(100,73.3,0,0)
    Purple: cmyk(13.8,100,0,46.2)

    Just multiply the decimals by 100 to get the numbers in percentages.
    Hope this helps.

  • Aaron July 2nd, 2019

    Why is it purple

  • Glen July 3rd, 2019

    All the above work fine except the purple seems off. I’m in illustrator CMYK mode and I have the first five colors working fine except for the purple; it is more of a burgundy color. When I put hex #760089, it looks fine, like what is showing in the website’s images.

    I double checked: 13.8, 100, 0, 46.2

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