The American flag has been through several iterations from the 18th century on. It will be altered again one day, possibly with the addition of two stars for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. What no one saw coming was the removal of 29 stars from the flag by the Human Rights Campaign—the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization.
The Human Rights Campaign removed the stars to galvanize public support for the Equality Act. Each of the 29 stars removed from the flag represents a state that continues to deny comprehensive protections for LGBTQ+ people.
“The Reality Flag campaign is designed to point out the inequalities LGBTQ+ individuals face every day,” said Joni Madison, Interim President at the Human Rights Campaign. “From housing and educational discrimination to denial of government and health services, LGBTQ+ people are confronted by hurdles to simply exist every day. This needs to change.”
The Reality Flag campaign was produced by a team of agencies from WPP.