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image by Tomislav Todorović, 5 July 2015
Plain pink flag is a relatively new symbol of [LGBT] sexual orientation. Its introduction may have been inspired, on one hand, by the use of pink triangle, as a stand-alone emblem and as the flag charge, and on the other hand, by the re-introduction of the original eight-striped rainbow flag, which includes a pink stripe. The flag was used in Columbus, Ohio, at the Columbus Pride 2009, with the photos available here,
here and here, and again at the Columbus Pride 2012, as shown and here. The flag was used again at the San Diego Pride 2014, as shown here and
here. Outside the USA, the flag was seen at the Stockholm Pride Parade 2014, with the photos available here and
here. As the above sources reveal, the flag ratio and color shade may vary.
Tomislav Todorović, 5 July 2015
While still being rarely used in comparison with other LGBT flags, the pink flag is gradually spreading worldwide. In 2017, it was seen in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Taiwan Pride Parade; the photo from the event can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/purity/24167119108/.
In 2018, it was used in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, at the first-ever Pride Parade in the country, as reported at https://newsday.co.tt/2018/07/28/we-are-part-of-tt/, with another photo available at https://newsday.co.tt/2018/08/05/the-road-to-tragarete-road/attachment/2591614/.
All these sources further add to the variety of ratios and color shades seen in the flag.
Tomislav Todorović, 17 April 2022
While described as "relatively new," the flag turns out to be rather old, actually: the photos have been made available online which reveal that it was used in Los Angeles, California, in early 1990s, but seems to have dropped out of use then for at least a decade. The earliest currently known use of the flag was at the L.A. Pride 1991. [1,2,3,4] It was seen again at the L.A. Pride 1993 [5,6,7,8] and then at the L.A. Pride 1995. [9,10,11,12] The history of its use, although now updated, is yet to be completed, for the exact date of introduction is yet to be determined, as well as the dates of abandoning and re-introduction.
Tomislav Todorović, 11 June 2022
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1991: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/7289652008/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1991: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/7289754768/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1991: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/7289759358/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1991: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/7289771538/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1993: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/1973178926/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1993: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/7294446042/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1993: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/7294452428/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1993: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/7294456292/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1995: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/1985948337/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1995: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/7294226112/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1995: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/7294131658/
 Flickr - Photo from L.A. Pride, June 1995: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/7294132314/