Unlike within the various LGBT communities worldwide which have adopted the Rainbow flag, the various transgender individuals and communities around the world have not coalesced around one single flag design. Instead there are several flags used and endorsed by the varying transgender individuates and communities There have even been, and continue to be, alternatives to these flags suggested. The varying flags have been and continue to be used to represent transgender pride, diversity and/or transgender rights by both transgender individuals, their communities and their allies.
Transgender flags in use today
There are several flags used around the world today by transgender individualizes and their varying communities.
Transgender Pride flag
The most prominent of these flag designs is known as the "Transgender Pride flag" which is a symbol of transgender pride and diversity, and transgender rights.
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 stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives"
In the United Kingdom, Brighton and Hove council flies this flag on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was flown from the large public flagpole in San Francisco's Castro District (where the rainbow flag usually flies) for the first time on November 19 and 20, 2012 in commemoration of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The flag-raising ceremony was presided over by local drag queen La Monistat.
In Ontario a design known as the "Trans Flag" created by Ottawa Graphic Designer Michelle Lindsay is gaining popularity. It consists of two stripes, the top in Sunset Magenta representing female and the bottom in Ocean Blue representing male with the transgender symbol centred in white overlaying them. The Trans Flag was first used by the Ottawa aria trans community for Ottawa's 2010 edition of the Trans Day of Remembrance. As part of this remembrance an unveiling ceremony by the Ottawa Police featuring an unfurling/flag Raising using this flag occurred. This ceremony was repeated during the 2011 Ottawa and Gatineau editions of the Trans Day of Remembrance, this time joined by the Ottawa Paramedics, Ottawa City Hall and Gatineau City Hall also raising the Trans Flag during their own ceremonies. The list of groups doing official banner unfurling/flag Raising of the Trance Flag in the Ottawa-Gatineau aria as part of their Trans Day of remembrance has grown each year. The Trans Flag has also been used as part of the Peterborough Pride Parade.
Israeli transgender flag
Alternative transgender flag designs
Jennifer Pellinen created an alternative design in 2002. The colors on the flag are from top to bottom: red, light purple, medium purple, dark purple, and blue. The red and the blue represent male and female. The three purple stripes represent the diversity of the transgender community and genders other than male and female. The flag is public domain.
- Gay and Lesbian Times Brian van de Mark, 10 May 2007
- Council flagpoles now celebrate diversity and druids; The Daily Telegraph, 4 April 2011
- "Transgender Flag Flies In San Francisco's Castro District After Outrage From Activists" by Aaron Sankin, HuffingtonPost, November 20, 2012
- "Ottawa Police observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance". Orleans Star. November 21, 2010. Retrieved September 03, 2013.
- "Trans Flag web site". Retrieved September 03, 2013.
- Transgendered flags