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Pride Flags / Gilbert Baker Pride Flag

More Than Just Rainbow Stripes

Celebrating the First Pride Flag

Pride Flag Friday: Genderfluid Pride Flag

As Pride Month begins, it's important to reflect on the symbol that has become synonymous with the LGBTQ+ community – the Pride flag.

Designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978, the original flag holds deep meaning and serves as a powerful symbol of inclusion and diversity.

The Pride flag first appeared at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. Created at the request of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States, the flag was intended to represent the diverse LGBTQ+ community and its vibrant culture. Each color carries significance:

  • Pink: Sexuality
  • Red: Life
  • Orange: Healing
  • Yellow: Sunlight
  • Green: Nature
  • Turquoise: Magic and Art
  • Indigo: Serenity
  • Violet: Spirit

Since 2021, the last remaining fragment of the original Pride flag is now on display at the GLBT Historical Society Museum in San Francisco, a powerful reminder of the symbol's rich history.

Fun fact: the original flag had eight colors, but the hot pink and turquoise colors were later dropped due to fabric availability, resulting in the familiar six-color design we now recognize.

The rainbow flag has evolved to become an iconic representation of love and a reminder of the ongoing fight for equality. The history of the Pride flag is a tale of resilience and community, reminding us of the progress made while inspiring hope for a future of acceptance and pride for all.

As we celebrate Pride Month, let's honor this iconic symbol and the rich history it represents.

We needed something to express our joy, our beauty, our power. And the rainbow did that.

Gilbert Baker
Whee! News / Pride Month

Celebrate Pride with the Zone and Whee! Studios

A Month-Long Calendar of Inclusive Events


The Zone Dance Club and Whee! Studios are thrilled to present a vibrant calendar of queer events for Erie Pride this June! We're committed to creating a space that celebrates the diversity and joy of the LGBTQ+ community.

This listing will be your one-stop shop for all the exciting happenings throughout the month. Get ready for dazzling performances, heartwarming gatherings, and opportunities to connect with fellow community members.

Stay tuned! We'll be adding more events as they're confirmed. In the meantime, mark your calendars and prepare to paint Erie with the colors of Pride!

Design Spotlight / Regional Pride

Show Your Pride in NWPA with the 2024 Pride on the Bay T-Shirt!

Erie, get ready to shine! Pride Fest is moving to a brand new location this year – Liberty Park! Mark your calendars (Saturday, June 29th) because Pride on the Bay 2024 promises to be bigger and better than ever. To celebrate this exciting new chapter, I'm thrilled to unveil the official 2024 t-shirt design! This year marks my sixth year collaborating with the NWPA Pride Alliance and I'm really excited to bring this new design to you all!

This collaboration with the NWPA Pride Alliance has been a true honor. It all started with me winning the design contest for the t-shirt years ago. After a couple of years I was directly contracted to create the design, and now I have the privilege of providing my design services as part of the board.

This year's design draws inspiration from Erie's magnificent bayfront. The vibrant colors of the Progressive Pride Flag wrap around the shoreline, creating a beautiful abstract bay visual.

We'll be using a printing technology called 4-color process screen printed transfers for create the shirts. This allows us to include all the colors of the Progressive Pride Flag for a truly inclusive design, while still keeping the shirts affordable for the community. Plus, this technology delivers high-quality, super colorful prints that everyone will love!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your limited-edition 2024 Pride on the Bay t-shirt and head down to Liberty Park to celebrate with the Erie LGBTQ+ community! It's going to be an unforgettable event. These shirts (along with hoodies and tank tops) are now available for pre-order on the NWPA Pride Alliance web site under Shop at: nwpapride.org. See you there!

Whee! News / Savings

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Pride Flags / Pride Flag Friday

The Fluid Spectrum: Exploring the Genderfluid Pride Flag

Unfolding the Colors of Identity

Pride Flag Friday: Genderfluid Pride Flag

Welcome back to our vibrant celebration of identity and expression on Pride Flag Friday! It's a wonderful journey each week as we delve into the rich tapestry of Pride flags that wave boldly in our community. Today, we're embracing the fluidity of identity with the Genderfluid Pride Flag, a symbol of adaptability and boundless self-expression.

History of the Genderfluid Pride Flag

The Genderfluid Pride Flag was created to give a visual identity to the genderfluid community. Introduced to the world in 2012 by JJ Poole, it represents the flexibility and diversity of gender beyond the binary. Each color on the flag was chosen to reflect the variety and nuances of gender fluidity, and since its inception, it has become a powerful symbol for those whose gender identity is not fixed.

The Meaning Behind the Colors

Every hue on the Genderfluid Pride Flag has a specific meaning that resonates with the fluid nature of gender. Pink stands for femininity, white for all genders, purple for the combination of masculinity and femininity, black for the absence of gender, and blue for masculinity. Together, these colors weave a narrative of freedom and the spectrum of gender experiences.

Genderfluid Identity and Community

Genderfluidity defies the constraints of traditional gender norms, embracing the concept that gender can vary over time. For those who identify as genderfluid, their experience of gender can shift and change, often depending on different circumstances or feelings. The Genderfluid Pride Flag is not just a symbol; it's an embrace for those who flow between genders.

Fun Facts and Trivia

Did you know that the Genderfluid Pride Flag is increasingly seen in Pride parades around the globe? It's a testament to the growing recognition and acceptance of non-binary and fluid gender identities. Another fun fact is that genderfluid characters and icons are gaining visibility in media, helping to foster a deeper understanding of the genderfluid experience.


As we celebrate the beauty and complexity of the Genderfluid Pride Flag, let's remember the importance of inclusion and the acceptance of all identities. In a world that's learning to cherish every shade of the human condition, this flag is a beacon of hope and celebration for gender diversity.

Before you go, why not bring a piece of this pride into your everyday life? Swing by Whee! Pride for an array of Genderfluid Pride Flag-inspired goodies that are perfect for anyone looking to wear their pride or simply celebrate diversity. Because here, every day is a chance to stand out and stand proud and live life out loud!

Pride Flags / Pride Flag Friday

The Intersex Pride Flag: Unity and Visibility

Pride Flag Friday: Intersex Pride Flag

The Creation of the Intersex Pride Flag

Introduced in 2013, the Intersex Pride Flag breaks from traditional gender symbols and colors. Morgan Carpenter of Intersex Human Rights Australia designed it to celebrate the intersex community. The flag’s yellow background and purple circle stand for unbroken wholeness and completeness.

The Meaning Behind the Colors

The choice of colors for the Intersex Pride Flag was intentional. Yellow and purple are not traditionally associated with gender, offering a neutral ground. The purple circle is central, symbolizing the right to bodily autonomy and integrity.

The Impact and Importance

This flag has played a crucial role in raising visibility for intersex individuals, often overlooked in the broader LGBTQ+ discourse. It’s a beacon for inclusivity, rights, and recognition within the community and beyond.

Little Known Facts

Did you know that the Intersex Pride Flag is one of the few LGBTQ+ flags not modeled after the traditional rainbow flag? Its unique design ensures it stands out, just like the individuals it represents.

Wrapping Up

The Intersex Pride Flag is more than just a banner; it’s a symbol of pride, unity, and the ongoing fight for recognition and rights. It encourages us to broaden our understanding and embrace every part of the diverse LGBTQ+ spectrum.

Interested in showing your support? Check out our vibrant Intersex Pride collection at Whee! Pride.

Pride Flags / Pride Flag Friday

Going Green with Pride: Celebrating the Aromantic Spectrum

Pride Flag Friday: Aromantic Pride Flag

Happy Pride Flag Friday! This week, we're diving into the world of green, white, grey, and black – the colors of the Aromantic Pride Flag. This flag waves with pride, representing a beautiful spectrum of individuals who experience love differently from the romantic tales we often hear about.

What is Aromanticism?

Aromanticism is an orientation that describes people who experience little to no romantic attraction, but that doesn't mean they lack deep, meaningful relationships. Aromantic folks form strong bonds based on friendship, shared interests, and other forms of connection that don't necessarily fit the romantic narrative.

The Flag Unfurled:

Crafted with intention, the Aromantic Pride Flag boasts four stripes, each with its own story. The dark green represents aromanticism, light green for the aromantic spectrum, white nods to platonic and aesthetic relationships, and grey recognizes the grey-area between romance and friendship, with black celebrating the sexuality of aromantic individuals.

Celebrating Diversity:

Just like the wide range of hues in the flag, the aromantic community is a tapestry of diverse experiences and identities. It's a reminder that love isn't one-size-fits-all and that there's beauty in the diverse ways we experience the world and connect with others.

Did You Know?

Here's a fun fact – the Aromantic Pride Flag is often flown alongside the Asexual Pride Flag, as many aromantic people also identify as asexual, but not always. It's a testament to the intersecting experiences within our LGBTQIA+ family.


So as we wrap up this Pride Flag Friday, let's send a round of applause for the aromantic community. And hey, if you're feeling the love for this flag, why not check out our Aromantic Pride merch on Whee! Pride? From vibrant tees to accessories, there's something for everyone to express their unique self. Spread the love and pride, however you feel it!

Feeling the green vibes after learning about the Aromantic Pride Flag? Dive into our collection over at Whee! Pride, where we celebrate every shade of the aromantic spectrum. From chic tees to standout accessories, each piece is designed to let you wear your identity with pride. Whether you're aromantic or an ally, there's something special waiting for you. Let's celebrate the diverse ways we love and connect. Check it out and find your new favorite way to show off your unique pride!

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Pride Flags / Pride Flag Friday

Roaring with Pride: The Story of the Bear Pride Flag

Pride Flag Friday: Bear Pride Flag at Whee! Pride

In the kaleidoscope of Pride flags, each tells a unique story of identity, community, and celebration. Among these is the Bear Pride Flag, a symbol of the bear community's strength, camaraderie, and unshakable confidence.

The Origin of the Bear Pride Flag:

Designed in 1995 by Craig Byrnes, the Bear Pride Flag emerged from a desire to unite bears worldwide. Byrnes, a member of the bear community, envisioned a symbol that would surpass geographic and cultural boundaries, stitching together a global fellowship with the threads of shared identity.

Symbolism of the Colors and Paw Print:

The flag's broad stripes of brown, orange, yellow, and black represent the fur colors of bears in nature, paralleling the diverse physical types within the community. At the corner rests a bear paw print, a bold emblem of the bear community's essence and spirit.

The Bear Community:

Bears are typically defined by their larger, often hirsute bodies and masculine attributes. However, the community is inclusive, welcoming all who resonate with its ethos. The bear community celebrates acceptance and body positivity, fostering an environment where individuals can revel in their authentic selves without judgment.

Embracing Diversity:

The Bear Pride Flag is a banner under which inclusivity and body positivity reign supreme. It’s a flag that flies in the face of conventional beauty standards, celebrating the raw, natural beauty of its members. It's not just a flag; it's a declaration that everyone deserves to stand tall and proud.

Fun Fact:

The original flag included a seventh stripe in purple, which was later removed to simplify production. Each remaining color, and the paw print, now stand as timeless guardians of bear pride.


The Bear Pride Flag is more than just a symbol—it's a heartwarming invitation to a community that embraces love, respect, and the freedom to express one's identity. As we wave these flags high, let's remember the myriad of stories they tell and the diverse lives they represent. On this Pride Flag Friday, let's give a mighty roar for the bear community and the rich diversity it adds to the LGBTQ+ family.

Hey everyone! Just a heads-up – if you've been feeling the Bear Pride vibes from our latest post, you're gonna love what we've got in store. Check out our Bear Pride collection on Whee! Pride for some seriously cool merch that celebrates the bear community. From cozy tees to must-have accessories, each piece is a little nod to the roar within. So why not treat yourself or a friend? After all, it's all about embracing who you are, bear hugs and all!

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Pride Flags / Bisexual Pride Flag

Embracing the Blend of Attraction: The Story of the Bisexual Pride Flag

Pride Flag Friday: Bisexual Pride Flag

Welcome back to our Pride Flag Friday series! This week, we dive into the vibrant stripes of the Bisexual Pride Flag, a symbol of the bisexual community's diversity, love, and pride. The flag stands as a beacon for those who love beyond gender, embracing attraction to more than one gender. It's a celebration of fluidity, understanding, and the rich spectrum of human connection.

The Creation of the Bisexual Pride Flag

In 1998, Michael Page sought to create a visible symbol for the bisexual community, leading to the birth of the Bisexual Pride Flag. Page designed the flag to increase the visibility of bisexuals both within the LGBTQ community and society at large. The flag’s purpose was clear: to represent and validate bisexual identity and pride.

Decoding the Colors and Meaning

The Bisexual Pride Flag is beautifully simplistic yet profoundly meaningful. Consisting of three horizontal stripes:

  • Pink at the top for attraction to the same gender
  • Blue at the bottom for attraction to different genders
  • Purple in the middle, blending pink and blue, to represent attraction across the gender spectrum

This color scheme is a direct nod to the nature of bisexuality and the overlapping experiences of attraction that define the bisexual community.

Did You Know?

Creator Michael Page first introduced the flag at the 1st Anniversary of the BiCafe on December 5, 1998. An often-overlooked fact is that Page intended the flag not only as a symbol for bisexual people but also as a tool for increasing bisexual visibility within both the LGBTQ+ community and the broader society. He hoped that the distinct colors of the flag would be eye-catching to draw attention to bisexual individuals' presence and experiences, countering the invisibility and erasure that the community often faced. This flag was designed to stand out in a sea of rainbow flags at pride events, ensuring that the bisexual community's specific identity and struggles were visibly represented and celebrated.

The Importance of Representation

The Bisexual Pride Flag is more than a symbol; it's a lifeline to those who have felt invisible within both the heterosexual and LGBTQ+ communities. Its existence affirms the validity and importance of bisexual identities, encouraging individuals to embrace their true selves without compromise.

As we celebrate the Bisexual Pride Flag, let's recognize it as a beacon of diversity and inclusion. It challenges us to look beyond binary views of love and identity, encouraging a world where everyone is free to be themselves. The flag not only marks a space for bisexual people but also symbolizes the journey toward understanding and embracing the full spectrum of human affection.

Join the Conversation

What does the Bisexual Pride Flag mean to you? Share your stories, reflections, or how this flag has touched your life in the comments below. Let's keep the conversation going and continue to support each other in our diverse journeys of love and identity.

Feeling inspired by the story and symbolism of the Bisexual Pride Flag? Want to wear your pride or find that perfect gift that speaks volumes? Swing by our Whee! Pride shop where we’ve curated a collection just for you! From vibrant tees to cozy accessories, each piece is designed to celebrate the bisexual community and support the message of love and visibility.

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Pride Flags / Nonbinary Pride

Unfolding the Colors of Identity: The Nonbinary Pride Flag

Pride Flag Friday: Nonbinary Pride Flag

A Celebration of Colors: The Journey of the LGBTQ Rainbow Pride Flag

Hey folks! Welcome back to our Pride Flag Friday series. Today's spotlight is on a special symbol within our vibrant community: the Nonbinary Pride Flag. My dear friend Austin, who has shared so much about the Enby community with me, said: "We have the rainbow pride flag to represent a whole community. Flags like the enby pride flag become a specific identity. A sense of belonging and being." So, let's dive in and explore the story behind this meaningful flag./p>

The Birth of the Nonbinary Flag

The Nonbinary Pride Flag Did is a relatively new addition to the LGBTQ+ family. Created in 2014 by Kye Rowan, this flag was born out of a need for a distinct symbol for nonbinary folks – those who don’t fit neatly into the traditional gender binary.

Decoding the Colors and Meaning

Each stripe on the Nonbinary Flag has a tale to tell: yellow for those whose gender exists outside the binary, white for nonbinary people with many or all genders, purple for those with a mix of male and female genders, and black for those who feel they are without a gender. Together, these colors weave a story of diversity and inclusivity.

The Nonbinary Flag in Digital Spaces

An often-overlooked aspect of the Nonbinary Pride Flag is its significant presence in online communities. This flag has found a home in the hearts of many across various social media platforms, serving as a symbol of unity and visibility in the virtual world. Its adoption in digital spaces highlights how nonbinary individuals and allies use technology to connect, share experiences, and foster a global community of inclusivity and understanding. In an age where digital interaction is ever-increasing, the Nonbinary Flag's prominence online is a testament to its power to transcend physical boundaries and bring people together.

Amandla Stenberg – A Nonbinary Voice in Hollywood

Did you know that Amandla Stenberg, acclaimed for roles in "The Hunger Games" and "The Hate U Give," identifies as nonbinary? They came out in 2020 and have since been a strong advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Amandla’s journey and openness about their nonbinary identity have been influential in the entertainment industry and beyond, offering visibility and a voice to nonbinary experiences. Their activism and courage in sharing their story have inspired many, especially younger audiences, showcasing the impact of representation in mainstream media.

A Symbol of Belonging

Echoing Austin's sentiments, the Nonbinary Pride Flag offers a sense of belonging. For many, it's a proud declaration of their true selves, a symbol that says, to themselves and others "You are seen, you are valid, and you are loved."

In our journey towards greater understanding and acceptance, the Nonbinary Pride Flag stands tall. It's not just a flag; it's a promise of a future where everyone is recognized and celebrated for who they are.

As we celebrate another Pride Flag Friday, share with us what the Nonbinary Pride Flag means to you. Any stories or thoughts? Drop them in the comments – let's keep the conversation going!

If you've been inspired by the story of the Nonbinary Pride Flag and want to see how this symbol of identity and belonging has been creatively incorporated into various items, feel free to check out our Nonbinary Pride Collection at Whee! Pride. It's a celebration of the flag's spirit in every piece!

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Design Spotlight / Eclipse 2024

Total Eclypse: North American Tour Design

Gear Up for the Eclipse with Our Rock-Inspired, Personalized Apparel

There's something undeniably magical about an eclipse. It's one of those rare moments that make you stop and gaze in awe at the sky. That's exactly the feeling I wanted to capture in our Total Eclypse collection. It's not just about astronomy; it's about those moments that make us all look up in wonder.

I'm really excited about this collection, and I think you will be too. It's got t-shirts, hoodies, and tanks, each with a design that's a nod to this incredible event. And the cool part? You can personalize them! Add your city, mark a special date – make it a keepsake of where you were when the sky put on its show.

Pride Flags / Pride Flag Friday

The Journey of the LGBTQ Rainbow Pride Flag

A Celebration of Colors

Pride Flag Friday: LGBTQ Rainbow Pride Flag

A Celebration of Colors: The Journey of the LGBTQ Rainbow Pride Flag

The LGBTQ Rainbow Pride Flag, a symbol I have witnessed evolve and flourish, represents more than just the diversity and unity within the LGBTQ community; it's a vibrant tapestry of our collective journey. From its inception in 1978 by activist Gilbert Baker to its current status as an iconic emblem, each color and adaptation of this flag tells a profound story.

Originally, Baker's design featured eight colors, including hot pink for sexuality and turquoise for art and magic. Due to practical constraints, the flag was streamlined to the six-colored rainbow we recognize today. Each stripe on this rainbow flag holds a deep, symbolic meaning:

  • Red: This stripe symbolizes life. It's a vibrant representation of the vitality and existence of the LGBTQ community.
  • Orange: Denoting healing, this color reflects the restorative and rejuvenating spirit within the community.
  • Yellow: Signifying sunlight, this stripe is a nod to the light and energy that the LGBTQ community brings to the world.
  • Green: Representing nature, it underscores the community's connection to the natural world and the importance of the environment.
  • Blue: This color is for serenity. It illustrates the peace and calm that acceptance and understanding can bring.
  • Purple: Symbolizing spirit, this stripe highlights the courage and spirit of the Queer community.

What strikes me most profoundly is how the LGBTQ rainbow pride flag has become a beacon for younger generations. The sight of young individuals transforming this flag (and other pride flags) into a superhero's cape at our local pride parade and festival as well as in everyday life is a powerful testament to a generation unafraid to advocate for equality and proudly express their identities. These vibrant capes represent courage, diversity, and a commitment to a future where everyone is accepted and celebrated.

This superhero imagery resonates deeply. Each youth wearing the rainbow pride flag as a cape embodies heroism: a bold defender of love, a champion of diversity, and a visionary for an inclusive future. Their actions symbolize a new chapter in the Queer narrative, one filled with hope and fearless advocacy.

As a personal observer of this evolution, the transformation of the LGBTQ rainbow pride flag into a symbol of youthful empowerment fills me with hope. It' an affirmation that the values of love, acceptance, and equality are being embraced and carried forward by an enthusiastic, empowered generation. Their willingness to wear the flag as a cape signals a future where differences are not just tolerated, but openly celebrated.

The rainbow pride Flag has been a companion through the community's struggles and achievements. It stands as a vibrant reminder of our past battles and the victories that lie ahead. Each wave of the flag, each young person wearing it as a cape, is a narrative of resilience, a testament to courage, and a commitment to a more inclusive world.

Looking to the future, the LGBTQ Rainbow Pride Flag remains a symbol of the community's ongoing fight for a world where every identity is celebrated. The colors of the flag, and the young heroes who don them, weave a story of hope, a narrative of bravery, and a pledge to a brighter, more inclusive tomorrow.

Whee! News / Transgender Pride

Reflecting with Pride: Honoring Trans Day of Remembrance

Transgender Pride Flag Outside Virginia Congresswoman's Office
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Large Trans Pride Flag on Parade

Hey there, fabulous friends and allies!

Today, we’re stepping into a space of reverence and respect, because it’s November 20th – Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). This day, we light up the less sparkly side of our glittering rainbow, as we remember and honor the transgender people who have lost their lives to violence and prejudice.

TDOR isn't just a day; it's a powerful reminder that while we've made some amazing strides, our march toward true equality is far from over. It's a call to action, to uplift and protect trans lives, wrapped in a promise that we won't rest until the world sees the beauty and strength in our vibrant trans community.

What Can We Do?

So, what can we do? First, let's educate and celebrate! Dive into the stories of trailblazing trans folks – from Marsha P. Johnson's revolutionary spirit to Laverne Cox's dazzling advocacy. Share their tales, wear your trans pride gear with gusto, and if you can, support trans-led organizations that are doing the heavy lifting every day.

And let's get creative! How about we craft a sea of handmade trans pride flags to wave in solidarity? Or maybe you're a whiz with a pen and can write letters of support to trans individuals and groups? Better yet, let's create art that reflects the triumphs and challenges of the trans journey – because we all know that art speaks volumes.

Light a Candle of Hope

Tonight, many will hold vigils, lighting candles against the darkness. If you attend, bring your light – and let it be a beacon of hope, a signal that you stand with the trans community today and every day. If you're at home, light a candle by your window. It's a simple act, but imagine the warmth it carries across miles and hearts.

Remember, lovelies, TDOR is about remembrance, but it's also about resilience and joy. It's about coming together to say, "We see you, we honor you, and we celebrate the incredible tapestry you add to our community."

So, wear your colors, share the love, and keep pushing for a world where every trans person can live their story boldly and brilliantly. Here’s to our trans family: you are seen, you are cherished, and you are an irreplaceable part of our Whee! Pride universe.

Until next time, keep shining, keep loving, and keep creating – because that's how we change the world.

Pride Flags / Transgender Pride

Embracing the Transgender Pride Flag: A Symbol of Identity and Resilience

Pride Flag Friday: Transgender Pride Flag

Hey there, beautiful souls of the internet! Welcome back to the "Live Life Out Loud" blog, where we celebrate diversity, love, and everything that makes us unique. Today, we're diving into the vibrant world of the Transgender Pride flag—a symbol that speaks volumes about identity, resilience, and the strength of the transgender community.

The Origin of the Transgender Pride Flag

The Transgender Pride flag, created by transgender activist Monica Helms in 1999, is a symbol of transgender identity and visibility. With its five stripes—two light blue, two pink, and one white—the flag represents the transgender experience, including those who are non-binary or genderqueer. Each color holds significance, creating a beautiful tapestry of identity.

Raising Awareness and Visibility

This flag plays a crucial role in raising awareness about transgender rights and issues. Displayed proudly during Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Visibility, it reminds us of the importance of celebrating transgender identities and advocating for equal rights.

Celebrating Transgender Pride

Let's celebrate the strength of our transgender friends and family. Their stories are filled with courage and determination. The Transgender Pride flag is a symbol of their journey, their identity, and their place in our colorful, diverse world.

Embrace the Transgender Pride Flag

The Transgender Pride flag embodies identity, resilience, and the beauty of diversity. As we celebrate Pride in all its forms, let's remember the significance of this flag in the lives of our transgender siblings.

Let's continue to support transgender rights, raise awareness, and amplify transgender voices. Together, we'll create a world where everyone can live life out loud, unapologetically, and with pride.

Stay vibrant, stay proud, and always remember that love is love.

With love and rainbows,


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Transgender Pride Flag
Trans Pride Zodiac Hoodie

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Product Spotlight / New Product

New Custom Tough Phone Cases: Style Meets Security

Your Phone's Best Fashion Statement Yet

Hello, fabulous folks! Let's talk about giving your phone a wardrobe upgrade with our new Tough Cases. Designed for Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel, these cases are all about celebrating your style while keeping your tech safe.

Each case comes with double the protection, sporting a sturdy outer shell and a cushiony inner layer. This means your phone can take on life's little mishaps without a scratch. Whether it's a slip from your hand or a bump in your bag, we've got it covered.

Make it yours with a choice of a glossy or matte finish, and rest easy knowing the ports are wide open for all your charging and headphone needs. As for keeping it clean, just a quick wipe down and you're back to sparkling.

With these cases, your phone becomes a canvas for your personality. They're not just about looking good (which they do) but also about feeling right in your hand. Crafted with the finest materials sourced from Korea, quality is what we're all about.

So why wait? Dress up your phone in something that's as unique as you are. With our Custom Tough Phone Cases, you don't just protect your device; you adorn it with pride.

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Whee! News / Marvel Collection

Introducing Our Marvel Collection

A Tribute to Iconic Characters

The Marvel Collection at Whee! Design

At Whee! Design, we've always been passionate about celebrating creativity in all its forms, and we're thrilled to announce our latest collection that pays homage to the iconic world of Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). If you're a fan of classic comics and pop culture, this is a journey you won't want to miss!

Marvel, Up Close and Personal

Our Marvel Collection brings the Marvel Universe right to your doorstep. These designs aren't our creations; they're officially licensed by Marvel. That's right, you'll be wearing the very essence of Marvel Comics and the MCU with every item.

A Nostalgic Trip with Classic Marvel Heroes

What sets our Marvel Collection apart is the immersive experience it offers. We've carefully curated a range of products inspired by some of the most iconic Marvel characters, both from the pages of classic comics and the blockbuster MCU movies. Whether you're a die-hard collector, a devoted reader, or a casual fan, there's something here for everyone.

Unveiling the Marvel Masterpieces

Our collection features items that pay tribute to the legends of Marvel. From the wise-cracking Deadpool to the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and the mighty Avengers, there's a piece of Marvel's rich history for everyone.

Celebrate Iconic Characters

Don't miss the chance to celebrate the iconic characters that have made the Marvel Universe unforgettable. Each item in our collection is a nod to the heroes and villains that have shaped the world of comics and cinema.

Go Retro with Classic Designs

For those who love the classic comic book era and the modern cinematic adaptations, we've got products that capture the essence of both worlds. Whether it's the vintage appeal of classic comic designs or the modern reimaginings from the MCU, our collection has it all.

An Array of Marvel Heroes and Villains

Our collection brings together a diverse range of classic and contemporary Marvel characters. Whether you're a fan of the regal Black Panther, the powerful Captain Marvel, or the intriguing world of the X-Men, there's something for everyone. Each product in our collection is a tribute to the unforgettable heroes and formidable villains that have shaped the Marvel Universe over the years.

Your Invitation to Explore Marvel

These are just a glimpse of what our Marvel Collection has to offer, and there's more to come. Each item is an invitation to experience the marvel of Marvel in a whole new way, from its epic battles to its unforgettable characters. As we continue to expand our collection, we invite you to explore these items and make them a part of your own Marvel journey.

Join the Marvel Universe at Whee! Design

Whether you're a devoted fan of Marvel Comics or a pop culture enthusiast, our Marvel Collection is your invitation to immerse yourself in the world of superheroes, villains, and the timeless stories that have defined a generation. So don't wait, explore our Marvel Collection at Whee! Design and celebrate the legacy that is Marvel. It's a journey that promises nostalgia, style, and a whole lot of fun!

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Pride Flags / LGBTQ Rainbow Pride

Unfolding the Rainbow: The Story of the LGBTQ Pride Flag

Greetings From the Rainbow

Welcome to the colorful world of the Pride Rainbow flag! Here, every hue tells a tale of courage, love, and the unyielding pursuit of equality. Let's delve into the vibrant history and the heartfelt meanings behind this iconic banner.

Replica of the original eight-color rainbow flag design

Replica of the original eight-color rainbow flag design. In 1998, Baker recreated his eight-color design using identical construction methods for the 20th anniversary of the flag’s creation. Dyed cotton muslin on white muslin backing, Gilbert Baker Flag Collection (2002-41), GLBT Historical Society

When the Rainbow Met the Revolution

It all started with a vision and some fabric in the hands of Gilbert Baker, a visionary artist, and activist, back in '78. In the midst of a burgeoning fight for LGBTQ rights, Baker gave a community its symbol of hope. Picture it: the first unfurling of the rainbow flag in the San Francisco breeze, a moment that's since been etched into the annals of history.

A Spectrum of Significance

Baker's rainbow wasn't just pretty colors; each of the original eight stripes was a celebration of different facets of queer life—from hot pink representing sexuality to violet for spirit. It's a palette that painted a picture of the diversity within the LGBTQ community.

The Rainbow's Journey

Like any good story, the flag's tale is filled with twists and turns. Economic and practical reasons saw the flag change to its current six stripes, but the spirit remained untouched. The ever-evolving flag now waves proudly in many forms, from the most recognized six colors to newer variants embracing inclusivity and intersectionality.

Large LGBTQ Rainbow Flag on Parade in Erie, PA

The Erie Pride Parade and Festival, hosted by the NWPA Pride Alliance, moves north in the 1400 block of State Street in Erie on June 25, 2022. Roughly 2,000 people marched to Perry Square for the festival. - GREG WOHLFORD/ERIE TIMES-NEWS

The Flag Today: A Symbol for All Seasons

The Pride flag is our badge of honor, our armor in the fight for rights, and our flag of celebration in times of joy. It's as much at home in the hands of a parade marcher as it is on the profile picture of an online ally. This flag doesn't just symbolize history; it's a part of our daily lives.

The Conversations Around the Cloth

Yes, our flag has faced its share of debates and discussions. It's stirred conversations about what it means to be inclusive and how best to represent an ever-growing and diverse community. These discussions are vital—they show that the flag, just like us, is alive and always ready to embrace more colors.

Stories That Weave the Fabric

Every stripe, every color on the flag has countless stories behind it. For some, the red is a thread that connects us to the ones we've lost; for others, the green is the color of new beginnings and acceptance. These personal connections make the flag not just a symbol, but a storyteller.

Waving Into the Future

As we wrap up our rainbow journey, remember that this flag is yours to wave, cherish, and share. It's a call to join hands, to celebrate who we are, and to keep the colors flying not just during Pride but every day. Because every time the flag soars, it carries with it our collective hopes and dreams.

Joining the Spectrum

If this splash of rainbow has sparked your interest, there's a whole spectrum of resources waiting for you. From the deep roots of our history to the vibrant branches of our current movements, there's always more to learn and ways to show your colors.

Gilbert Baker LGBTQ Pride Flag
LGBTQ Rainbow Pride Flag
LGBTQ Philly Pride Flag
LGBTQ Progress Pride Flag
Product Spotlight / New Product

Unveiling the All Over Print Athletic Hoodie: Comfort Meets Style

Step Into a World of Unmatched Comfort and Vibrant Style

Welcome to the latest addition to the Whee! Pride collection: the All Over Print Athletic Hoodie. This piece is a fusion of premium comfort and sleek style, tailored for those who appreciate high-quality wear with a touch of personal flair.

Every hoodie is a canvas where comfort meets creativity. Individually printed, cut, and sewn, our premium polyester and spandex blend ensures durability and a flawless graphic. The athletic fit accents your form, or go a size up for a relaxed vibe. It's outfitted with a drawstring hood and a handy kangaroo pocket, ideal for those on-the-go moments or a casual day out.

And care? It's a breeze. Cold wash, low-heat tumble, and no ironing necessary to keep your hoodie looking sharp.

Get ready to experience everyday wear with an extraordinary twist. The All Over Print Athletic Hoodie is here to redefine your wardrobe.

Support Local Drag T-Shirts by Whee! Studios and The Zone
Support Local Design by Whee! Studios and The Zone
Product Spotlight / New Product

Snuggle Up with Our Velveteen Plush Blanket

Your New Comfort Companion

Get ready to wrap yourself in the ultimate comfort with our new Velveteen Plush Blanket! It's not just any blanket; it's a snuggle buddy, a comfort cloak, and a personal style statement all rolled into one. With sizes ranging from the cuddle-friendly 30x40" to the luxurious 60x80", there's a perfect fit for every lounging need.

Crafted with a blend of 83% polyester and 17% spandex, this medium heavy-weight blanket feels like a dream against the skin. And it's built to last, with double needle topstitch and sturdy edge stitching, ensuring that it can handle daily love and snuggles.

Caring for this piece of cozy heaven is a breeze. A quick machine wash on cold, tumble dry on low heat, and it’s ready for your next movie marathon or chill session. Avoid ironing and bleach, and you'll have a lasting soft companion.

Choose our Velveteen Plush Blanket for those moments when only the softest, most comfortable blanket will do. It's more than warmth; it's a warm embrace in blanket form.

Bisexual Pride Flag Stripe Plush Velveteen Blanket
Genderfluid Pride Flag Stripe Plush Velveteen Blanket
Plush Velveteen Blanket Size Comparisons at Whee! Pride
Design Spotlight / flyer design

April Flyer Collection for The Zone Dance Club

Glow Month, Birthday Battle, and an Invasion

April at the Zone is Glow Month! The whole gets decked out in glow in the dark decorations and several birthdays are celebrated. This month's flyers include the overall Glow event, The Battle of the Aries Drag Battle, and a special Pup/Leather/Bear night.

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Glow Weekend Flyer Design by Whee! Studios
Zone's April Battle of the Aries Face Show Flyer Design by Whee! Studios
Leather/Bear/Pup Invasion Flyer Design by Whee! Studios
Design Spotlight / whee plus

Whee! Plus The Zone Dance Club

Support Local Drag Design

Welcome to our exciting collaboration with The Zone Dance Club in Erie, PA! Our collection of co-branded t-shirts, hoodies, and other merchandise is designed to showcase your support for the vibrant Queer Community. From trendy tees to cozy hoodies, our collection is all about celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and the power of unity. We believe that fashion and self-expression go hand in hand, and with our co-branded apparel, you can make a statement that is both stylish and meaningful. So, join us in spreading love and acceptance with every purchase, and let's dance together toward a world where everyone feels welcomed and embraced!

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Support Local Drag T-Shirts by Whee! Studios and The Zone
Support Local Design by Whee! Studios and The Zone
Design Spotlight / COLLAB

Whee! PLUS NWPA Pride

Collab Design Showcasing Pride

Whee! Studios is teaming up with NWPA Pride Alliance in Erie, Pennsylvania to bring you some seriously awesome designs! We're proud to be working alongside such a fantastic organization to provide fun and unique apparel and accessories for members of the Queer Community in Northwest Pennsylvania and beyond. So whether you're strutting your stuff at a local pride parade or just want to show off your pride wherever you go, we've got you covered. Get ready to look and feel amazing with our vibrant and inclusive designs!

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Queer Definition T-Shirts by Whee! Pride and NWPA Pride
Queer Definition Design by Whee! Studios and NWPA Pride
Design Spotlight / flyer design

March Flyer Collection for The Zone Dance Club

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the Loss of a Friend

This month, the Zone in Erie has several events planned. We've done flyers and web graphics for their annual O'Zone St. Patrick's Day Weekend, including a fun drag show featuring a roast of one of the house Queens. We also lost a friend this month and are planning a fund-raiser for his family.

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Zone's March Face Show Flyer Design by Whee! Studios
Remebering Josh Atkinson Flyer Design by Whee! Studios
Design Spotlight / flyer design

February Flyer Collection for The Zone Dance Club

Celebrating Valentine's Day

Zone Dance Club has teamed up with Whee! Studios to create some unique flyers promoting their Valentine’s Day offerings. These flyers feature bold designs that capture the energy of the events while still expressing the spirit of love and acceptance that is so important at Zone Dance Club. They showcase the month's upcoming Drag shows as well as a special Red & Black party along with a Queer Speed Dating event.

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Zone's Divas Heart Show Flyer Design by Whee! Studios
Zone's Queer Speed Dating Flyer Design by Whee! Studios
Zone's February Face Show Flyer Design by Whee! Studios
Digital Canvas / web development

Website Refresh for The Zone Dance Club

Zone Dance Club Erie Website Design by Whee! Studios

Along with the new logo, we needed to update the look of the website to make it all fit together. The contrasting gold really pops against the deep purple and black. The event system has been updated to show upcoming events as well as daily events, specials, etc.

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Design Spotlight / logo design

Logo Design for Erie's Zone Dance Club

New Design Helps Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Welcome to a brand new era of fabulousness at Erie's Zone Dance Club! Whee! Studios is proud to have designed a new look to help the Zone celebrate their 25th anniversary as Erie's Queer Bar. This fun, geometrric design emphasizes that the Zone strives to be a modern place for the LGBTQ+ community to express themselves and have some fun. We'll continue with the rebranding, inclusing some new merchandise, event poster designs as well as an updated web site and social media presence. Keep an eye out for exciting things to happen in 2023!

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Zone Dance Club Erie Logo Design by Whee! Studios
The Zone Dance Club Celebrates 25 Years by Whee! Studios
Design Spotlight / logo design

New Logo Design and Branding for NWPA Pride Alliance

A New Identity for a New Future

For over ten years, NWPA Pride Alliance has been fighting for visibility and creating a sense of community for members of the LGBTQ+ population in northwestern Pennsylvania. We have seen amazing growth in everything from our annual events to the people being more active in the community, but now it's time to take things to the next level - introducing an exciting new logo design and branding! This fresh look is both modern and timeless, showing off our bold spirit alongside elements that represent both progress and tradition. Our goal with this rebrand is not only to celebrate who we are as a collective queer identity today, but also reflect on how far we've come since NWPA Pride began its journey.

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Design Spotlight / logo design

Logo Design for Erie Gay News

NWPA Queer Newsletter Gets New Branding

Whee! Studios is delighted to have created the new logo design for Erie Gay News! The refreshed brand identity is a modern update to their original aesthetic, with bold and vibrant colors that illustrate the voice of advocacy for LGBTQ+ folks in northwest Pennsylvania. This milestone marks an important period of growth and evolution for both EGN and its mission to provide news, resources, and support on all issues pertinent to the NWPA queer community.

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Design Spotlight / Occupations

I Respect the Thin Red Line for My Fire Fighter ...

Show Your Love and Support for Your Fire Fighter Family

A variation of my 'thin line' designs, this one helps to honor the fire fighters in your life. Family and friends who are first responders of any kind deserve to be recognized and with this fun design you can do just that.

We've got the whole family from mom and dad, to siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews. We even cover your BFF.

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Design Spotlight / attitude

Available for Curbside Pick Up

Get This Fun Design to Help Curb Those Quarantine Cravings

I made this design to resemble chalk writing on a blackboard. The kind of thing you see outside a restaurant or cafe that might offer curb side pick up.

There is some intentional innuendo that perhaps YOU might be available for curbside pickup. Get his design on a variety of clothing, masks, and other items. They make great gifts for that thirsty friend who is always on the prowl.

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Product Spotlight / face masks

Face Mask and Neck Gaiters

Cover Up and Make a Statement

Whee! Studios Face Masks and Gaiters

Several of my Print on Demand partners recently started offering face masks and neck gaiters in response to the increased demand for face coverings. These masks are not intended for use in medical settings but perhaps they can help you stay safe and have a little fun at the same time.

I have a collection of LGBTQ Pride designs available in the Whee! Pride shops, and a selection of others fun designs in the Whee! Design shops.

Design Spotlight / LGBTQ Pride

NWPA Virtual Pride T-Shirts

NWPA Virtual Pride T-Shirts

NWPA Pride Alliance is unable to hold their annual Pride events this year because of COVID-19. As the winner of their t-shirt design contest for the last 3 years, they asked me if I was willing to partner with them this year to create a design that we could sell exclusively online. I was of course thrilled to help!

The design selected includes two bands of assorted LGBTQIA+ Pride Flags circling a digital representation of the world. Now more than ever we need to come together while staying apart. A portion of all sales of this design on any of the MANY products being offered goes to NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc. in north western Pennsylvania.

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NWPA Virtual Pride T-Shirts
NWPA Virtual Pride T-Shirts
NWPA Virtual Pride T-Shirts
NWPA Virtual Pride T-Shirts
Creative Insights / dye sublimation

Making a Whee! Design Beanie Hat Gallery

Dye Sublimation Magic

I decided to post a quick photo gallery of the making of my Whee! Design CMYK beanie hat. Now that I’ve got the dye sublimation printer back up and running, I thought this would be a fun project. I like the quality and color of the new Cobra inks.