Daniel Quasar

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Daniel Quasar
Occupation(s)Artist; graphic designer; musician
Known forDesigner of the Progress Pride flag

Daniel Quasar is an American artist and graphic designer, known for their[a] design of the Progress Pride flag, a variation of the rainbow pride flag that incorporates additional colors to explicitly represent trans people and LGBTQ+ people of color.


Quasar "Progress" variant of the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag

Quasar graduated with a BFA in Communication Design from Pacific Northwest College of Art. During the degree program, they were involved in the local drag community. Their design career has since included animations and graphics for RuPaul's Drag Race world tours, as well as work with Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon.[2]

In 2018, Quasar re-designed the existing rainbow flag to incorporate the transgender flag, as well as black and brown stripes to represent LGBTQ+ people of color, with the black stripe having an additional meaning for "those living with AIDS, those no longer living, and the stigma surrounding them".[3][4][5][6] The additional colors were added in a chevron shape along the hoist to represent forward movement.[3] They began a crowdfunding campaign to fund the first production of the flags.[6] In 2021, Deliveroo adopted the progress pride flag for Pride Month.[7] The flag is flown in many international cities above official buildings, including New York City, London, Boston, and Sydney.[8]

As of 2021, Quasar resided in Portland, Oregon.[9]


  1. ^ Quasar is non-binary and uses "xe/xem" or "they/them" pronouns. This article uses "they/them" pronouns for consistency.[1]


  1. ^ Daniel Quasar [@danielquasar] (October 22, 2020). "My name is Daniel Quasar. My pronouns are xe/xem or they/them (if it makes it easier) and I'm non-binary. I don't think I'm any one gender and never have. #InternationalPronounsDay #ImLate" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Rainbow Flag Refresh: An Interview With Daniel Quasar, The Designer Behind "Progress: A Pride Flag Reboot"". RISE Life Science. June 29, 2018. Archived from the original on June 24, 2021. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Progress Pride Flag Initiative: Office of Equity – Northwestern University". www.northwestern.edu. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  4. ^ Queerstory: An Infographic History of the Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights. Simon and Schuster. October 6, 2020. ISBN 978-1-9821-4237-7.
  5. ^ Rossi, Andrea (September 1, 2020). "The rainbow flag between protection and monopolization: iconic heroine or damsel in distress?". Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. 15 (9): 727–737. doi:10.1093/jiplp/jpaa107. ISSN 1747-1532.
  6. ^ a b Bollinger, Alex. "Could this new more inclusive flag replace the rainbow flag?". LGBTQ Nation. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  7. ^ Briggs, Fiona. "Deliveroo launches rider pronoun bags by Daniel Quasar to help fly the flag for World Pride Month". Retail Times. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  8. ^ Magaletti, Douglas (September 22, 2021). "City of Sydney Votes to Replace Rainbow Flag with Progress Pride Flag". Star Observer. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
  9. ^ Ettlin, Galen (February 7, 2021). "Portland creator of Progress Pride Flag pushes LGBTQ culture, movement forward". KGW8. Retrieved October 19, 2021.

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