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The History of the Transgender Flag

The History of the Transgender Flag

The History of the Transgender Flag

The History of the Transgender Flag

Several  flags  have been used and endorsed by different individuals, organizations and  trans communities . The various flags have been and continue to be used to represent trans pride, diversity, rights and/or remembrance by trans people, their organizations and their communities.

The best known is the transgender pride one drawn by Monica Helms, but a number of communities have created their own variations.

1. The transgender flag was created by trans woman Monica Helmes in 1999.

The trans pride flag was designed by Monica Helms, an openly transgender American, in August 1999. It was first displayed at an LGBT Pride celebration in Phoenix, Arizona the following year.

2. Every aspect of the design is carefully chosen to reflect trans identities.

Helms describes the meaning of the transgender flag as follows :
“The stripes at the top and bottom are  light blue,  the traditional color for baby boys. The side stripes are  pink,  the traditional color for baby girls. The strip in the middle is  white,  for those who are intersex, transitioning, or who consider themselves to be gender neutral or undefined. The pattern is such that no matter which direction you fly it, it is always correct, which means we find the correctness in our lives.

3. The very first flag now lives at the Smithsonian.

In August 2014, Helms donated the original transgender flag to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. as part of a special LGBT collection .

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The History of the Transgender Flag

4. There are several alternative transgender flag designs.

A design for an alternative transgender flag, created by Ottawa designer Michelle Lindsay, consists of two stripes: the upper part in magenta representing a woman and the lower part in blue representing a man, covered with a transgender symbol in white . It was first used in the Ottawa area for Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) 2010, and has since been used for TDoR events in the Ottawa-Gatineau area as well as during the Pride Parade of Peterborough.

There is also another design used primarily in Israel by the transgender and genderqueer community. Unlike the colors of the other designs, this flag is neon green and features the transgender symbol centered in black.

5. There is a flag design for trans gender queer people 

Designed by genderqueer writer and advocate Marilyn Roxie, the genderqueer flag features a lavender stripe across the top, as it is a mix of blue and pink – the traditional colors associated with men and women – to represent androgyny. Lavender also represents queer identity, as it has long been a color associated with the LGBT community. In the center is a white stripe, intended to represent gender or neutral identity. Finally, there’s dark chartreuse green, like the reverse of lavender, it’s used to represent third-gender identities and anyone who identifies outside of the traditional gender spectrum.

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