Today is the 20th anniversary of the day that Monica Helms, while she was living in Arizona, created the original trans pride flag that now rests in the Smithsonian.
The flag is made up of five stripes. Two baby blue, which represents the masculine and the traditional color of baby boys. Two pink stripes represent the feminine as the traditional color of baby girls, and the white center stripe that represents gender non conforming and folks who are transitioning.
It is also designed so that no matter which way it is flown, it is always correct. That symbolizes according to Helms, how we’re always trying to find completeness in our lives.
On this same August 19 day in 2015, Helms donated the original trans pride flag to the Smithsonian where it was displayed at the last White House Pride Reception in June 2016.
That Helms Trans Pride flag first flew publicly at a pride parade in Phoenix, AZ in 2000 and since then has become over these last 20 years the widely accepted flag representing the international trans community .
That has been demonstrated by the creation of ginormous trans pride flags by groups in Mexico City and Palm Springs, CA which held the previous record for the largest trans pride flag ever created, and now the current record holders in Los Angeles
That flag, created for the LA Resist pride march in June 2017 is 25 feet 6 inches by 160 feet (7.8 meters by 48.7 meters).
Happy Trans Pride Flag day! Thanks Sea Monica for being inspired to create it.