Symbols of Pride: The Transgender Flag
Like any other social group that exists today, the transgender community has a variety of symbols they use to identify themselves. These symbols are used to raise awareness, provide opportunities to educate, support rights and diversity, and represent themselves in various areas of the world. Unlike the LGBT community in it's broader scope which has adopted the Rainbow flag as its primary symbol, the transgender community has not completely united under one flag. Many flags have been created over the years and are used to represent us in different areas of the globe. The trans community in Israel, for example, uses a flag emblazoned with the symbol (⚧) created by Holly Boswell surrounded by a mint green field. However, the flag depicted above is considered the primary representation for transgender people.
Many communities have developed variations of this flag to represent various aspects or groups within the trans community. The Black Trans Flag has a black stripe, rather than white, in the center to represent the higher rates of discrimination that the black trans community faces compared to the larger trans community. It was created by transwoman Raquel Willis. Other trans flags also use the colors green, purple or yellow to represent a larger diversity of gender identities within the trans community; such as gender non-binary, intersex, and genders that are neither male nor female.
This flag represents the pride we have in ourselves and our own community. We should display it proudly in every chance we get. And I believe that it, as well as ourselves, will one day be accepted by the world as people who are worthy of equal and fair treatment.