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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Trans* flag ~Sevan

I know I mentioned how our trans* group had been working on a new flag to represent our community. Well we worked on it further and finally came to a solid conclusion for a design. I'd love to see it spread! So frequently I"ve heard complaints about the most well known trans* flag:


The complaint about that flag is the colors. They're "baby colors". I think the creator of the flag was trying to express that most trans* people were born in the wrong body. I can't know that...as I don't know the flag's creator. What I can do though, is make my own version of a trans* flag that might resonate with people more. I enlisted the help of my local trans* support/social group and we came up with this:


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.

We've made a banner to march with for Pride and we've got small 5x7 flags that we'll wave as we march.


If you like this flag, if you feel that it represents you; then please share it widely! I'd love to see this flag gain ground and take off!!

4 comments:

Michael said...

A quick Google got me the origins and creator of the Trans flag.

From Wikipedia:

"The Transgender Pride flag was created by Monica Helms (a transgender woman) in 1999,[1] 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'.

"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 TG community and genders other than male and female. The flag is public domain."

There's more info and, of course, reference links on the Wikipedia page.

Sevan Bussell said...

Michael I know the meaning of the flags. What I meant in this blog was that I can't know why the flag creator chose the shades of colors that she did.

Nick Lawrence said...

Hi,

I love this flag! I have used it a few times but always share the link to this blog to show where it came from.

Tonight I had to photo-shop it to make it longer in order to use it as the banner for an online support group for trans teenagers. If it is ok with you I would also like to use it somewhere on the new website we are building.

If you are not ok with me using the flag or would like to give me a different link to put as its creator/owner please email me at Nick@transfolkofwa.org
The email is working for the new website domain but it is still under construction.
You can view our old website here... www.transmenofwa.org

Thank you for creating such an awesome new flag, it has made it all the way here to Australia! Well done :)

Kind Regards,

Nick.

Sevan said...

Hi Nick! Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm honored to know that the flag has caught on and I welcome you to continue to use it. Thank you for linking back to this post. That's perfect.