In this blog we’ll explain the meaning of the aromantic flag and its colors. We’ll also look at older variations of the flag and other aromantic symbols and their meaning.
Aromantic symbols and flag
The aromantic community has quite a few symbols as well as a beautiful pride flag. In this article we dive deeper into the different symbols and their meanings. We’ll also look at the main aromantic pride flag, as well as all the different aromantic label flags, that fall under the aromantic umbrella.
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- Aromantic pride flag explained
- Overview all aromantic flags on the spectrum
- All aromantic symbols explained
Aromantic pride flag explained
The aromantic flag was created by Cameron Whimsy in 2014. Ever since, most aromantic people know this flag to be the aromantic pride flag. The color green was chosen to symbolize the aromanticism as the opposite of red, the color which is the most commonly associated with the romance.
The different colors explained:
Dark + light green: aromantic spectrum
White: platonic and aesthetic attractions
Grey + black: sexuality spectrum
Previous aromantic flag
The oldest aromantic flag, which is no longer used, is the one you see here. This flag was created around 2011, on the website of the National Coalition for Aromantic Visibility. The flag received a lot of criticism as it didn’t seem to include the full aromantic spectrum, yet included alloromantic people. This is why a new flag design was suggested.
The different colors explained:
Yellow: romantic friendships and dating
Black: romantics who reject traditional romantic culture
Every aromantic flag within the spectrum
Below you’ll see all the different aromantic flags within the spectrum. If you’d like to know more about these different labels that fall under the aromantic umbrella, we highly suggest checking out our blog ‘the aromantic spectrum‘ as this includes all labels and the corresponding flag.
Aromantic symbols explained
The aromantic community has many great symbols. From a white ring to yellow flowers, and from arrows and archery to spades. We’ll explain all the different aromantic symbols below.
We want to emphasize that aromanticism is its own orientation and isn’t necessarily connected to asexuality (meaning: someone who’s aromantic isn’t automatically asexual as well). That being said, the two orientations do share similarities in both orientation and history. This is why we sometimes will have to refer to asexuals in the explanation of these symbols.
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Aromantic arrow symbol
As aromantic people are often referred to as aros, the pun of ‘arrows’ was quickly made. Ever since, people within the aromantic community have been using arrows as a symbol for their orientation.
If you’d like to wear your aromantic orientation with pride, there are many creative designs out there with this symbol. For example, think of arrow earrings, buttons, and pins in the colors of the aromantic flag.
Source: DeviantArt user: Pride-Flags
One of the aromantic symbols that can be seen used within the community are griffins. They have been proposed as a mythical creature which is the equivalent for aros.
This too has a shared origin and meaning with asexuals as they have a mythical creature as their symbol as well. In their case it is a dragon.
These mythical creatures and the invisibility of the aro and ace community somewhat relate. In a sense that it sometimes can feel like you are not seen (this mythical being), as society still struggles to accept aromantic or asexual people.
Source drawing: reddit user Dragonstree
Green heart symbol
A completely green heart or a heart with the aromantic flag on it, is also often used a symbol for the community.
You can especially recognize this symbol when people on social media use the green heart emoji as this is used to indicate aromanticism. You will often see the green heart emoji given as a response in the comment section of videos about aromanticism.
Aromantic ring symbol
As with many of the aromantic symbols, you’ll find that they’re often similar to those of the ace symbols. This is because both the aromantic and asexual community are very similar to each other. Both do not experience a certain attraction (aromantic people do not experience romantic attraction, asexuals do not experience sexual attraction).
With that in mind, one of the symbols for aromantic people is a white ring. It is worn on the middle finger on the left hand. Which is the opposite of the black ring, worn on the middle finger of the right hand.
Yellow flowers symbol
The reason why yellow flowers have been chosen as a symbol for aromanticism is because in the world of flowers, the color yellow means friendship.
The yellow color has more meanings, but in general the main meaning would be friendship. Yellow flowers can also symbolize happiness, joy and new beginnings.
So instead of giving an aromantic person a red rose (which is often associated with romance), consider giving them a yellow rose instead.
Ice cream and pizza symbol
While not really a symbol, it is often said that pizza and ice cream are used as a way to say ‘I’d much rather have pizza and ice cream than romance’.
In a similar way, asexuals say they’d prefer cake over sex. The aromantic community adopted pizza and ice cream as their own food symbols.
Want more aromantic information?
You’ve read about every aromantic flag and symbol, and you’re still craving for more information? That’s awesome! We love the enthusiasm. On our blog page you’ll find many useful articles about both asexuality and aromanticism. You can also consider visiting AUREA (Aromantic-spectrum Union for Recognition, Education, and Advocacy).
If you are also asexual and want to meet other asexual and aromantic people, check out our asexual dating site. You can search for friends exclusively or more.