Intersex Flag

Today in flags of the community we come to the Intersex Flag. Like many of our pride flags, this sexuality has had more than one flag made as well.

The first version of this flag, originally named the Bigender Flag, was released in 2009 and designed by Natalie Phox. It consists of 5 horizontal lines colored (from top to bottom) lavender, white, a double width gradient from blue to pink, white and lavender. The gradient represents the range of sexes between male and female and the lavender represents a combination of those traits.

The more widely adopted yellow and purple banner (2013) was created by Morgan Carpenter of Intersex Human Rights of Australia, in the desire to have something that "is not derivative, but is firmly grounded in meaning."  The circle emblem and yellow field don't just avoid referencing gender stereotypes but completely avoid gender altogether. The flag utilizes yellow and purple which are considered the “hermaphrodite” colors, according to the organization. The center circle is "unbroken and unornamented symbolizing wholeness and completeness and our potentialities." 

Intersex people are born with the variations of the physical sex characteristics that don't fit medical or social norms for male or female bodies. Intersex variations can be determined prenatally, at birth, at puberty, or when trying to reproduce.  Intersex people may have any sex assignment, orientation, or gender identity and tend to face human rights violations before most people have agency to freely express an identity.

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