Jersey held it’s first gay pride march and festival in 2015, and it was an honour to be asked to design the 2016 branding which would include Guernsey in a joint Channel Islands Pride festival to be held in September.
The donkey has always been a symbol of the people of Guernsey, so to make it more fabulous the Pride team asked me to create a hybrid unicorn-donkey we affectionately are calling a donkeycorn to sit alongside the symbol for Jersey folk - a ‘crapaud’, or toad, designed by Ben Robertson for Pride 2015.
Pride is run by Liberate, an equality charity that welcomes people irrespective of gender, race, age, religious belief, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Liberate campaign to reform policies and laws to ensure that LGBTQ people can enjoy the same freedoms as everyone else across the Channel Islands.
Because of this, if you look closely both characters have been designed to be gender-fluid, identifiable as either male or female. The team loved the donkey corn’s flowing rainbow hair so much, they asked me to add it to the crapaud and unify their look for 2016.
I can’t wait to see the celebrations this year and help spread the message of tolerance and love between the two islands.