“Sexual orientation” discrimination laws protect the rights of all citizens, including the rights of those who hold contrary beliefs, including the belief that (1) all sexual relations are morally wrong except those between a man and woman united in matrimony, and (2) gender is established at conception and it is not possible to change or choose one’s gender, and it is wrong to try. “TheOtherFlag” shown above represents these legally protected views.
The meaning of TheOtherFlag is the mirror image of the gay/transgender pride flag’s meaning, and this mirror image forges its potency.
To be a mirror image, TheOtherFlag does not invoke a deity or use religious terms (such as “sin” or “judgment”) to condemn sexual transgressions or judge those who participate in them. Instead, it only proclaims the belief that such sexual behaviors/beliefs are “morally wrong.” When the gay community showers their opponents with invective such as “homophobes,” “bigots,” or “haters,” they are labeling them “morally wrong.” Since both sides say, in essence, they are morally right and the other is morally wrong, discrimination law demands that both sides be treated equally without showing a preference for one opinion over the other. It is therefore illegal to allow one flag or icon to be displayed in a place that is covered by discrimination laws while disallowing or even lightly discouraging the display of the other. This would be discrimination, and this is unlawful.
Just as the gay pride flag can mean you only stand with the views of the gay community, even though you personally are not “gay,” displaying TheOtherFlag does not necessarily proclaim that the bearer holds a particular set of values; merely that they stand with those who do. Thus, it is illegal for a business, school or government entity to stand with the gay community and fly a gay pride flag but refuse to fly TheOtherFlag to show support for those with a different set of values. Such disparate support would make the unsupported group (in this case, those who hold to traditional beliefs) illegally feel “unwelcome and uninvited.”
The meaning of the flag cannot be misconstrued to say something else because it is entirely defined on this website.
By legally establishing the right to display this flag in the workplace and school, you also have the right to freely discuss the meaning and values conveyed by the flag. So while teacher A tells kids that they may be gay or that they can change their gender, TheOtherFlag reminds the school establishment (as well as the students, parents and community) that Teacher B has the legal right to a contrary view, and the legal right to share that view in class as well.
Once this icon is seen enough to become a recognized symbol, possibly even in just a single workplace, anyone can then start demanding equal treatment so that schools, businesses, or government agencies must either cease displaying gay pride flags or display this flag in the same manner. News reports from even a single discrimination lawsuit will encourage others to do the same.
Go here for a flier on advice on how to most effectively display this flag. You can add a cover letter to this letter for your supervisor, principal or human rights compliance officer that explains what the symbol means and why you legally cannot be discriminated against for wearing or displaying it. As a caution, just because discrimination law protects you does not mean ill-treatment won’t happen or that a judge won’t rule against you. Use this flag at your own risk.
You can immediately download the image to print as a sign on ordinary paper with the above description on the back here for distribution or the image in a Word file to play with. Download the image to make flags, tee shirts, stickers, pins, etc. Or you can use this one (without a border and with a .125” bleed border added for a 2″X3″ size.)
Please display and distribute this symbol widely, particularly at rallies or events.
For an explanation of homosexuality/heterosexuality you have never heard before click this link.