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Intersex flag

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Intersex flag
UseSymbol of the intersex community
DesignOpen purple circle lying on a yellow field
Designed byMorgan Carpenter

The intersex flag is a pride flag representing intersex individuals and the intersex community. It was created by Morgan Carpenter of Intersex Human Rights Australia in 2013.[1]

History and design[edit]

The flag was created in July 2013 by Morgan Carpenter of Intersex Human Rights Australia (then known as Organisation Intersex International Australia) to create a flag "that is not derivative, but is yet firmly grounded in meaning". Yellow and purple were chosen as colours as they were viewed as free from gender associations and were historically used to represent intersex people. The circle is described as "unbroken and unornamented, symbolizing wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities."[1]

The organization describes it as freely available "for use by any intersex person or organization who wishes to use it, in a human rights affirming community context".[1]

In 2021, the intersex flag was incorporated into the Progress Pride version of the rainbow pride flag by Valentino Vecchietti of Intersex Equality Rights UK.[2]


The flag has been utilised by a range of media and human rights organisations.[3][4][5][6] In June 2018, intersex activists took part in Utrecht Canal Pride, waving the flag.

In May 2018, New Zealand became the first country where the intersex flag was raised outside the national parliament.[7][8][9]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Carpenter, Morgan (5 July 2013). "An intersex flag". Intersex Human Rights Australia.
  2. ^ Gilchrist, Tracy E (June 8, 2021). "Pride Flag Gets Redesign to Include Intersex Folks". The Advocate (LGBT magazine).
  3. ^ Senate Inquiry reveals forced surgery on intersex children Archived 2013-11-10 at the Wayback Machine, Gay News Network, 25 September 2013
  4. ^ Intersex advocates address findings of Senate Committee into involuntary sterilisation Archived 2016-01-15 at the Wayback Machine, Gay News Network, 28 October 2013
  5. ^ Historic intersex rights inquiry in Senate Archived 2014-06-20 at the Wayback Machine, Star Observer, 26 March 2014.
  6. ^ Stofna Intersex Ísland Archived 2015-01-01 at the Wayback Machine, Morgunblaðið, 26 June 2014.
  7. ^ Newshub staff (May 18, 2018). "New Zealand becomes first country to fly intersex flag at Parliament". Newshub. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  8. ^ Gattey, Megan (May 18, 2018). "New Zealand becomes the first country to fly intersex flag at Parliament". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  9. ^ Power, Shannon (May 21, 2018). "New Zealand is the first country to raise intersex flag outside parliament". Gay Star News. Archived from the original on 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2018-06-24.