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Pride Flag of Des Moines

Capital City Pride, Des Moines Black Liberation Movement (DSM BLM), Flag of Des Moines, and One Iowa are excited to introduce Des Moines’ own pride flag – a flag containing 11 colors that acknowledge and celebrate LGBTQ, black and brown, and transgender individuals.

Mason Kessinger (he/him), a co-founder of Flag of Des Moines, designed the flag to celebrate the diverse community that is Des Moines. The hope is that the city of Des Moines will recognize this as the city’s flag during Pride Month (June) and beyond. The idea for the collaboration came about given Capital City Pride’s support of our diverse community and culture, DSM BLM’s focus on solidarity racial justice, One Iowa’s mission to advance, empower and improve the lives of LGBTQ Iowans statewide, and Flag of Des Moines’ desire to connect with and dedicate proceeds to organizations focused on equity and change in our community.

“The new pride flag is a symbol of hope in a vision for an inclusive society where people have both an equitable and an accessible means to thrive. Capital City Pride is honored to have the opportunity to support the LGBTQ community through various activities throughout the year that promotes education, celebration, and dialogue that pushes Des Moines forward,” says Director of Community, Diversity, and Education for Capital City Pride, Destinee Woodris (she/they). “Thank you Flag of Des Moines for creating a visual that speaks to the beauty of our diverse DSM community.”

“One Iowa is proud to work with the Flag of Des Moines to create the first Des Moines Pride flag. One Iowa’s work is centered around intersectionality and this flag represents the core message that there is no pride for some without liberation for all. We hope people raise this flag with pride and joy to let their neighbors know their home or business is a safe and affirming place for LGBTQ and BIPOC Iowans,” says Courtney
Reyes, Executive Director of One Iowa (she/her).

“Partnering with Capital City Pride, DSM BLM, and One Iowa to share this image is important for our community,” says Flag of Des Moines co-founder Emily Kessinger (she/her). “These organizations are working towards greater fairness, equity, and justice in all they do. Through the power of this symbol, we hope our community can come together and celebrate our differences.”

The new pride flag is available for pre-orders on the Flag of Des Moines website starting May 1. Stickers and mini flags are also available for purchase. Fifteen percent of proceeds from all Des Moines pride flags will be remitted annually and divided equally between Capital City Pride, DSM BLM, and One Iowa.