Queer Flagging 101: How to Signal the Sex You Want Using the Hanky Code

Even in the time of social distancing, we’re wearing handkerchiefs with purpose and pride. Queers have stepped up and taught others how to make a handkerchief into a mask, hell, Mr. S Leather has gone the extra mile and printed their own flagging-inspired masks! So while we’re figuring out how to communicate to each other six feet apart and as folks begin to open up their bedrooms after months of cruising Lex, I figured it’d be a good time to share my zine Yes I’m Flagging: Queer Flagging 101. You may remember the old black & white zine from years ago, but thanks to Silver Sprocket, it’s gotten a makeover and is now 28 pages long, on nice paper, and in full color with some guest pages by Chingy Nea!

Here’s some sample pages from the zine! If you’re curious and want to read the full un-edited version, you can buy the zine for $5 bucks!

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I'm a cartoonist living in Minneapolis. Co-Author and artist of A Quick And Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns. Author of Grease Bats, coming out Fall 2019 with Boom! Studios! If I'm not working I'm socializing. If I'm not out with friends I'm drawing. If I'm not doing any of those things I'm probably depressed. Support me using Patreon.

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2 Comments

  1. I love this! The handkerchief code has always been one of my favorite pieces of Queer semiotics.
    I’ve been wondering what flagging would mean right now in terms of safer/socially distant sex…How would we adapt the colors?
    Like, pink could be remotely-controlled sex toys, or grey could be self-tying up, etc. etc. Any suggestions?

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