An intersex flag

By on 5 July 2013 in Arts and culture, Human rights.

An intersex flag
We struggle a bit with symbols for intersex; many of us don’t see the need for them, while other people seem to like something to identify with.

There is no commonly understood symbol or flag, even within the intersex community, and many attempts have seemed derivative, of the rainbow flag, of gendered pink and blue colours, of the transgender symbol, or an infinity symbol used by some bisexual groups.

This is one attempt to create something that is not derivative, but is firmly grounded in meaning.

The colour yellow has often been regarded as the hermaphrodite colour, neither blue nor pink. Purple, too, has been used for the same purpose – including on this site.

The circle is unbroken and unornamented, symbolising wholeness, and completeness. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolises the right to be who and how we want to be.

We’ve received some positive feedback from diverse intersex communities, although we’d still regard this as a trial version. It’s available freely for use by any intersex person or organisation who wishes to use it, in a human rights affirming community context. Please feel free to download.

It’s probably not best used by allies unless it becomes more widely accepted within the community.

Download PNG version, 900 x 600 pixels.
Download scalable vector image (SVG).

The home of Organisation Intersex International Australia

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