Zucchini is colloquial term used to refer to an individual's partner in a queerplatonic relationship. The commitment level between those in a queerplatonic relationship is considered to exceed a platonic relationship but not conform to traditional ideas regarding a romantic relationship. Zucchinis may be of any romantic or sexual orientation.
The term became well-known after WordPress user Sciatrix posted "My Thoughts on the Word 'Zucchini,'" a neutral to negative post on the term, on July 11, 2011.
In July 2014, the first issue of the Rotten Zucchinis zine was released, edited by two individuals only referred to as "Omnes" and "Nihil," stylized as Omnes et Nihil. The zine includes general information about queerplatonic relationships as well as personal testimonies in essays and poems around relationships, with a general content warning for interpersonal violence and acephobia. Tumblr user rotten-zucchinis announced the release of the zine in their first post.
Around November 2014, rotten-zucchinis released "Queerplatonic Zucchinis: A Short Primer: Asexual/Ace and Aromantic/Aro Language of Non-Normative Relationships," a more in-depth glossary than was published in the first issue of the zine. The second issue of the zine, focusing on the potential negatives of queerplatonic relationships, including interpersonal violence, was released in May 2015.
The zucchini flag was created by FANDOM user Unfunny person420 on April 14, 2021.
The flag combines the colors of the aromantic flag and the queerplatonic flag. The green stripes represent the aromantic spectrum, and the pink and yellow stripes represent queerplatonic relationships. White represents the uniqueness of the relationship and the blurred lines between platonic and romantic relationships.