Horizon Worlds Spotlight: LGTBQ+ History of Flags & Hangout

Oculus Blog
June 17, 2022

Welcome back to our weekly spotlight on the people building for Horizon Worlds and their amazing creations.

Last time, we talked to Must_Qalandar about his path from software development and user experience design to creating worlds like Stardust Mafia and its sequels, which offer visitors fun and exciting games of “persuasion and deceit.”

This week, to celebrate Pride Month, we take a look at LGBTQ+ History of Flags & Hangout, a world from Nspire_Create_Labs that tells the story of the many flags that represent different segments of the LGTBQ+ community (and its allies).

The Rainbow flag, first created in 1977, is one of the most recognizable banners in the world. It symbolizes the pride of the full spectrum of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community.

But there are many groups that make up that community, each with their own identities—and their own flags. That’s the starting point for Nspire_Create_Labs’ world: Helping people understand that there are so many different communities of the larger LGBTQ+ population and that each one is distinct—and, of course, to share a bit of the history of each of those groups and the flags that represent them.

There are at least two dozen different pride flags, and Nspire_Create_Labs’ world aims to help visitors understand what they mean and where they came from. They include the Lesbian pride flag, the Gay Men’s pride flag, the Pansexual pride flag, the Non-binary pride flag, the Polysexual pride flag, the Ally pride flag, and many others. And if you don’t see a flag that represents your community, you can design your own.

In addition, the world also strives to raise awareness of the many pronouns celebrated by the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you’re he/him, she/her, they/them, or even fae/faer, xe/xem, or ze/hir, or haven’t picked your pronouns, you can explore and figure out which is for you.

So all this month (and afterwards, of course), come explore the many flags, hang out with friends, or meet new ones. And whether you’re on your own or with others, come celebrate pride!