Something original every month.

Just because.

September 2021

Welcome to the the start of the school year 2021,

Last month, I stated that “there is an assumption that the people of Oregon are liberal hippies.” Again, as I have stated here and regularly on my audio program, when you are a member of a marginalized population, the truth is far from perception.

Last month, the school board in semi-rural, Newberg, Oregon, just under 19 miles away from where I write this in Beaverton, Oregon, or about 35 minutes in good traffic on state highway 99W, decided to ban all LGTBQ+ and Black Lives Matter flags or displays in their school district.

Amazing how a piece of cloth can become a political firestorm. Oh, wait…that’s already happening here as well.

One of the more interesting things to come of this online was the following: where can I get a copy of the most recent Pride flag (also called the Diversity, Inclusion or Progress flags) to print for my workspace/cubicle? It seemed that many were far too small to print, or they were derived from a low resolution image that ended up looking choppy and pixelated.

Of course, there are lots of places online where you can purchase one as well, and many are either too small or too large to be used effectively in a small space.

With the latter in mind, please find these two free, print ready PDF downloads. I have matched the colors closely (finding a suitable uniform Pantone or CMYK color chart for these has been difficult), and have visually also placed the shapes where visually I believed they fit, again, still not finding a suitable template for their placement, but I believe I am pretty close.

And yes, not charging for these either, because it’s still sunny, so I decided to share. (Yeah, it’s Dad joke time again…)

As someone who was open 40 years ago in public school, I would have wished this was something I could have seen in the spaces I occupied as a student. I would have thought by now that we would have actually progressed into something better, but here are.

These posters can be printed at most copy shops for around $1.50 USD each, or on your printer at home or work without making that extra trip. Click on the image to open the PDF file.

Love to you all.

Ben “Daddy Ben Bear” Brown Jr.
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