The Importance of the Transgender Flag and the History of its Creation

The main colors of the transgender people are: pink, blue and white. The idea to create the flag came into existence in 1999 and it was created by an openly transgender individual, Monica Helms. The flag first appeared in 2000, on a pride held in Arizona State.

Monica Helms

The upper and lower lines on the flag are light blue, so-called “traditional” color for boys. Next to it is pink – “traditional” color for girls, and the middle white line represents intersex people, those who are going through the transitioning process or are gender-neutral. “The idea of the flag is as such – it doesn’t matter which direction you go; the path is always correct” – these are the words that the author describes the meaning of the flag with.


Monica Helms, who’s a veteran of US Navy, is also an activist and a writer. At the moment she lives in Atlanta and is actively involved in organizing International Transgender Commemoration Day in this state. She donated the first transgender flag to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., which houses LGBT-themed collections and specimens.

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