To visually demonstrate our country that decidedly does not afford liberty and justice for all, the HRC worked with WPP agencies VMLY&R, BCW, Wavemaker, and Hogarth to remove 29 of the 50 stars from the flag, signifying the 29 states that openly discriminate against LGBTQ+ people. This discrimination includes denying folks healthcare, employment, and housing, among other fundamental rights, simply for being who they are. The reimagination of the star-spangled banner is called The Reality Flag.
The New York Times has previously embarked on a similar project, tapping artists to reinterpret the American flag to represent the harsh realities of our nation in the op-ed “Redesigning America’s Flag; Six New Takes on Old Glory.”
Between these two campaigns, it’s clear that the current American flag simply isn’t cutting it, nor is our country.