T is for Trans
The Trans Umbrella encompasses all people whose gender identity does not match (partially or entirely) with the sex they were assigned at birth.
The Transgender Pride Flag was designed by American trans woman Monica Helms in 1999. She describes the blue stripes as being the traditional color for baby boys, the pink stripes being the traditional color for baby girls, and the stripe in the middle is for those who have neutral, undefined or nonbinary genders, as well as those in transition.
The Trans Symbol has been in use for a long time, well before the flag was invented. It is a
combination of the female symbol, male symbol, and third gender symbol.
Some trans people choose to transition socially by changing their name, presentation, and/or pronouns.
They may or may not also choose to transition physically with help from their doctor, which can
involve hormone treatments and affirming surgeries. This decision is private, and not up for debate.
Trans women are women who were assigned male at birth (AMAB). Some people who are AMAB &
transitioning but who do not identify solely or specifically as “women” identify as transfeminine.
Trans men are men who were assigned female at birth (AFAB). Some people who are AFAB & transitioning but who do not identify solely or specifically as “men” identify as transmasculine.
Genderqueer people hold queer or non-normative genders; their identities transcend society's polarized gender system.
Lavender: The mixture of blue and pink (traditional colors associated with men and women, present on the transgender pride flag) as lavender is meant to represent androgynes and androgyny. Also represents the “queer” in genderqueer, as lavender is a color that has long been associated with “queerness” , including gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities.
White: agender identity, congruent with the gender neutral white on the transgender pride flag.
Dark chartreuse green: The inverse of lavender; meant to represent those whose identities which are defined outside of and without reference to the binary.
The three colors are not meant to indicate that any of these identities are entirely separate or opposites of one another conceptually; they are all interrelated as well as key concepts in their own right, and there are more concepts and variation of gender and sexuality present that tie into genderqueer identities than can be listed here.
Nonbinary people (often shortened NB or enby) don't fit solely into the boxes of binary men or binary women, but instead are neither, both, a third option or a combination.
The Non-binary Flag was created by Kyle Rowan in 2015, not to replace the Genderqueer flag, but to be flown alongside it.
Yellow: those whose gender falls outside of and without reference to the binary.
White: people with many or all genders.
Purple: those whose gender identity falls somewhere between male/female or is a mix of them.
Black: people who feel they are without a gender
Genderfluid people have a changing experience of gender. They may sometimes feel like women, sometimes feel like men, sometimes feel like a third option and/or sometimes feel like multiple/none of these.
The Genderfluid Flag was created by JJ Poole and uploaded to Tumblr in 2012 under the username thoughtstoberemembered.
White: lack of gender
Purple: the combination of masculinity & femininity
Black : “third” / other / all genders
Agender describes people without gender. This may be expressed as being genderless, gender neutral, lacking gender, preferring not to label their gender and/or identifying as a person rather than a gender.
The agender pride flag was created by Salem X in 2017
Black & White: absence of gender
Green: nonbinary genders
An alternate version of the agender flag, sometimes called the Genderless Flag, was created in 2021 by internet creator Mars.
Turquoise: working for agender liberation
Lime: agender love, community & friendship
Yellow: agender joy & celebration
Orange: agender art & creativity
Red: agender diversity & individual expression.