There are a lot of pride flags for almost every orientation or subculture in the non-normative kink and sexuality spaces.About a year ago, MO realized there was an egregious lack of representation of the those who identify as cats. As you can see from the list below, (gathered from TriPride Tennessee and Clare Bayley’s field guide to pride flags and Google) it seems everybody has representation, except for cats!
- LGBTQ+ Pride Flag
- Polysexual Pride Flag
- Bisexual Pride Flag
- Asexual Pride Flag
- Demisexual Pride Flag
- Pansexual Pride Flag
- Transgender Pride Flag
- Intersex Pride Flag
- Genderqueer Pride Flag
- Nonbinary Pride Flag
- Lesbian Pride Flag
- Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag
- Fat Fetish Pride Flag
- Straight Allies Pride Flag
- Bear Pride Flag
- Puppy Pride Flag
- Pony Pride Flag
- Leather Pride Flag
- Rubber Pride Flag
- Master/Slave Pride Flag
- Feather (Drag) Pride Flag
- Feline Furry Pride Flag
As a cat herself, this made MO quite put out and she resolved to do something about it. A year of design and refinement resulted in a completed work she is ready to share with the world.
As we were trying to determine the name for this new flag, we had a bit of a conundrum. The obvious name “Kitty Pride” is not an option due to the existence of an X-Men character of the same-ish name and “Cat Pride” just doesn’t seem to fit the fickle nature of cats. “Feline Pride” seems to best capture the independent spirit of those who have self-identified as cats.
We will work in the near future with a print-on-demand shop to make Feline Pride flag merchandise available for ease of access but you can download a higher resolution version for display and an SVG file for print or derivation.
12 thoughts on “Feline Pride Flag”
They always say Littles pride…
They always forget littles pride, typo.
Hi there! Cute design. I love how simple and bold it is.
Down here in Florida, we’ve had a lot of discussion about representation of the many varieties of pet-play enthusiasts, especially because many in our neck of the woods play as things other than puppies or ponies, the two most common species in this particular kink.
In response, one of our (now defunct) lifestyle contests, Florida Leather & Fetish Pride, introduced a Critter title, open to anyone who presents as a pet, regardless of species. Because these contests aren’t terribly familiar to folks outside the puppy and pony communities, we didn’t get non-puppy applicants that first time around. However, since then, there’s been interest brewing from a number of folks, and a few contests are opening up the floodgates to others. (For instance, Oregon State Puppy this year will be Oregon State Pet.)
One of the first things we did after the FLFP Critter 2019 contest was create a Critter Pride flag, designed to represent the whole of the pet play community. We figured if each species creates a new flag, it could get a bit, well, busy. We opted to look for something that’s inclusive, simple, and clear. (I put more detail over on the FLFP Leatherpedia page, for the curious: http://www.leatherpedia.org/florida-leather-fetish-pride-weekend/).
I’d love to chat more about the movement toward better unification and representation within the pet-play community as I move through the second half of my year as FLFP Critter. Feel free to reach out and say hi!
Thanks for pointing us to your design and good luck on the title year! Hopefully, your link can give a bit of an extra signal boost to your efforts.
I’m not convinced cats will be happy being lumped in with other critters any more than I’m convinced that they will, as a whole, adopt our proposed flag design and I can’t ask MO right now because she’s curled up asleep on the couch! 🙂 Time will tell.
I *totally* get what you’re saying—those cats can be so finicky! The goal of the Critter Pride flag is to promote the idea of Pet Play in all its forms. We’re certainly not trying to eliminate species-specific unity, just to show that we all have the same basic ideas at heart.
Please let MO know I’m envious of her nap—after a long day today, this pup is pooped!
I think a good way of looking at it is that while kitten play is a form of pet play, pet play is not a form of kitten play, ish… As in, saying “I like pet play” can mean everything from cats, dogs, ponies and many other animals, while “I like kitten play” specifically means the kitten part of it.
Just like we have the rainbow flag for everything pride, but still want flags for bi, bear, polyam, pan, demi, trans, andro, and so on.
So I think it’s a great thing to have the critter flag, but not -instead- of the feline flag, but as the umbrella flag (like the rainbow flag), while there still are specific flags for those who want to specify. 🙂
Just was wondering if there was any update the flag merch. Would love to have one of these flags.
We’ve been super busy and hope to get back to this soon!
Is there any update on the flag making thing? As a kitten with other kitten friends, we LOVE this version and personally I want to fly it in my own home and at Pride!
We sort of let things get away from us. The last year and a half has been super busy. I’ll talk about it with the partners and see if we can get something done here.
Hey! 🙂 So I’m a bit late to the yarnball as I just found this, and I wanted to ask for a clarification on a phrase in the post.
“those who identify as cats”
Seeing as there are people who identify as cats 100%, just like we identify as male human, female human, genderfluid, and so on..
And also people who do identify as, for example female human, but in addition have a kitten play persona they identify with during sessions (or potentially lifestyle)..
I just wanted to check if this feline pride is for a specific one, or both, and so on.
As in, if I am a human female, who has a kitten persona for kitten play that I like to identify as when I’m in the zone, but otherwise identify as my human self… would this flag include us, or is it specifically those who clearly identify 100% as felines?
Just so I’m in the clear if this is a flag for me or not, so I’m not misrepresenting it or anything. 🙂
I can safely say that our intention was “identify in any manner whatsoever”. Whether your primary identity is cat/kitten based or you like to engage in that space on occasion, this flag is for you!