On November 20, 2014, the City of Toronto will proclaim Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) for the first time and mark the event with a flag-raising at Toronto City Hall.
However, there is more than one trans flag to choose from! The two most prominent flags that have been displayed in the past in Toronto are shown below together with a new design by a TTA member. Which one should be flown a City Hall this year?
Designed by Ottawa designer Michelle Linday. Pink and blue representing female and male, with the white trans symbol spanning the genders. Sunset Magenta and Ocean Blue come together to represent unlimited horizons the Trans Community has in this world.
First used in Ottawa Nov 20, 2010. In 2012, raised in five ceremonies.
Currently used in Government at related receptions, and by many in marches.
Created by Monica Helms (a transgender woman) in 1999, and was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona in 2000.
Helms describes the meaning of the transgender flag as follows: “The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives”
This flag is flown in The U.K. on Nov 20 TDOR, and in San Francisco since 2012.
This is a new design by TTA members. The graded colours represent the range of gender identities across the spectrum with individual colours representing:
- Pink: women/femaleness
- Purple: those who feel their gender identity is a combination of male and female
- Green: those who feel their gender identity is neither male nor female
- Blue: men/maleness
The yellow circle represents those who are intersex.
The new white symbol with a black border is an extension of the Trans symbol with the male and female symbols, a combined symbol representing those with a gender identity combining male and female and a plain pole (with neither arrow nor bar) representing those with a gender identity that is neither male nor female, embodying awareness and inclusion of all.