dialog on Pride

11 – The Transgender Pride Flag is Created in Phoenix

In 1999, the now widely recognized transgender pride flag was designed by Navy veteran and transgender woman Monica Helms in Phoenix, Arizona, after the design came to her upon waking like “a divine intervention.” She flew the flag for the first time at Phoenix Pride in 2000. It quickly caught on in the community, in part due to how the colors resonated with people; Helms explained, “The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys, pink is for girls, and the white in the middle is for those who are transitioning, those who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersexed.”

Monica Helms, creator of the transgender pride flag, at New York Pride 2019. (Source: Gotham / Getty Images.)