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Canadian Pride Flag

Canadian gay pride flag image by António Martins-Tuválkin, and Martin Grieve 27 July 2007

At the official site of the Montreal Divers/cité Festival, you will see that the flag flown by Madame Simone (the representative of the Montreal Divers/cité parade to the Toronto Gay pride) appears to be one, you will notice the white square with bit of the red maple leaf showing.
Marc Pasquin, 26 October 2004


Canadian Bear Pride

[Bear Pride] image by Marcus Schmöger

[Bear Pride] image by Marcus Schmöger

[Bear Pride] image by Marcus Schmöger

These are three variants of "Canadian bear pride flags", i.e. flags where the Maple Leaf of the Canadian flag is replaced by a bear footprint.
Marcus Schmöger, 24 August 2001

The Canadian bear pride flag variants shown above seem to have only been used online, because only their images, no photos, could be found on the Web so far. However, there is a variant whose use in real life can be documented, although incompletely:

[Bear Pride] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 18 September 2011

The only variant of the Canadian bear pride flag which seems to have been used in real life so far is the one which was used in early 2000's in Calgary. It was charged with an upright bear footprint, all in red. The flag was introduced by the Bearback Calgary club in early 2000: its earliest photos date from the Spring Thaw 2000, an event which took place on 2000-05-06 [1]. It was also used at the Calgary Pride Parade 2000 [2], which took place on 2000-06-11 [3], as well as at the street fair which was held after its ending [4]. The flag was also brought to the Vancouver Pride Parade 2000, which took place on 2000-08-06 [5]. Although the flag must have been used on later occasions as well, it is currently impossible to document that, because there are no captured photos at the Internet Archive. The website was closed down by the beginning of 2005, so the later history of the flag, as well as that of the club which had introduced it, is yet to discover.

Sources:
[1] Bearback Calgary website at the Internet Archive - Spring Thaw 2000: http://www.bearbackcalgary.com/Gallery/2000/Spring-Thaw-2000/Spring-Thaw-2000.htm
(All images are available, even though the thumbnails are not captured.)
[2] Bearback Calgary website at the Internet Archive - Calgary Pride Parade 2000: http://www.bearbackcalgary.com/Gallery/2000/Pride2000/Parade-2000-Main.htm
(All images are available, even though the thumbnails are not captured.)
[3] Bearback Calgary website at the Internet Archive - Calgary Pride Parade 2000 - arrival at the parade: http://www.bearbackcalgary.com/Gallery/2000/Pride2000/Arrival-Main.htm
(All images are available, even though the thumbnails are not captured.)
[4] Bearback Calgary website at the Internet Archive - street fair at Calgary Pride 2000: http://www.bearbackcalgary.com/Gallery/2000/Pride2000/Street-Fair-Main.htm
(All images are available, even though the thumbnails are not captured.)
[5] Bearback Calgary website at the Internet Archive - Vancouver Pride 2000: http://www.bearbackcalgary.com/Gallery/2000/Vancouver-Pride/Van-Pride-2000.htm
(Image 1: http://www.bearbackcalgary.com/Gallery/2000/Vancouver-Pride/Van-Pride-2000-1.htm)
(Image 2: http://www.bearbackcalgary.com/Gallery/2000/Vancouver-Pride/Van-Pride-2000-3.htm)

If anybody has any information about the later use of this flag, as well as about its creation, I invite them to let us all know.
Tomislav Todorovic, 18 September 2011


Gays & Lesbians of Vancouver Island

[Gays and Lesbians of Vancouver Island]

On a dark blue background is a pink triangle with a green map of Vancouver Island.
Source: Mason Kaye


Quebec gay pride flag

[Quebec Gay Pride flag] image by Marc Pasquin, 19 September 2011

A Quebec gay pride flag can be seen at (image halfway down): http://docandraider.blogspot.com/2010_08_01_archive.html. It uses the design of the provincial flag, but with a vertical rainbow instead of blue.
Marc Pasquin, 19 September 2011


Queer Muslim Community

[Queer Muslim Community] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 13 May 2008

At http://www.torontopride.com/gallery/Image-Gallery-2004/parade/069FR.jpg is clearly a variation on the "Arab revolt" inspired flags of various mid-eastern country. it is the rainbow flag with a large pink triangle at the hoist pointing toward the fly. Inside are a white crescent and maple leaf (where the usual star would be) marking it for Canadian usage.
Marc Pasquin, 26 October 2004