Transgender flags

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Unlike within the wider LGBT communities worldwide which have adopted the Rainbow flag, the various transgender individuals, organizations 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, organizations and communities.[1] There have even been, and continue to be, alternatives to these flags suggested.[2] The varying flags have been and continue to be used to represent transgender pride, diversity, rights and/or remembrance by transgender individuals, their organizations, their communities and their allies.

Transgender flags in use today[edit]

There are several flags used and endorsed by the varying transgender individuates, organizations and communities.

Transgender Pride flag[edit]

The most prominent [3] of these flag designs is known as the "Transgender Pride flag" which is a symbol of transgender pride and diversity, and transgender rights.

Transgender Pride flag

The Transgender Pride flag was created by Monica Helms (an openly transgender American woman) in 1999,[4] and was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, United States in 2000.

The flag represents the transgender community and consists of five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pink, and one white in the center.

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.[5]

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 19 and 20 November 2012 in commemoration of the Transgender Day of Remembrance.[6][7][8] The flag-raising ceremony was presided over by local drag queen La Monistat.[8][9]

On 19 August 2014, Monica Helms donated the original Transgender Pride Flag to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.[10]

Trans Flag[edit]

In Ontario a design known as the "Trans Flag" created by Ottawa Graphic Designer Michelle Lindsay. 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 area 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.[11] 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 Trans Flag in the Ottawa-Gatineau aria as part of their Trans Day of remembrance has grown each year.[citation needed] The Trans Flag has also been used as part of the Peterborough Pride Parade.[12]

Israeli transgender flag

Israeli transgender flag[edit]

A third design is used in Israel by their transgender and genderqueer community.[13] This flag is neon green with the transgender symbol centred on it in black.

Alternative transgender flag designs[edit]

Over the years several transgender flags have been adopted by various transgender individuals, organizations and communities. There have even been, and continue to be, alternatives to these flags suggested.[1]

Jennifer Pellinen's transgender flag design

In 1999 Captain John designed a flag for those within the transgender community that identify as transsexual. This flag consists of seven stripes alternating in rosy pink and light blue separated by thin white stripes and featuring, in the upper left hoist, a twinned Venus and Mars symbol ("⚥") in pink (a "bluer" shade than the pink stripes).[14][15]

In 2002 Jennifer Pellinen created a transgender flag [16] that has from top to bottom, stripes in pink, light purple, medium purple, dark purple, and blue. The pink and the blue stripes represent female and male. The three purple stripes represent the diversity of the transgender community and genders other than female and male. The flag is public domain.[17]

In 2012 Spokane Trans created their own version of the transgender flag. They describe it on their web site as follows: "The top two stripes represent male (blue) to female (pink). The purple represents non-binary and genderqueer people (as the genderqueer flag colors are green, white and purple) the thin white stripe represents all people as well as the “line” trans* folks cross during their transition. Then the female (pink) to male (blue) along the bottom."[2]

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