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Transgender: The superset of all those persons who act out the other gender role in society. This includes transvestites and transsexuals.
Andy Weir, 5 February 2001

The Transgender Flag (for those who act, dress, or otherwise identify as the opposite gender) appears to be a brand new invention.
Steve Kramer, 29 November 2000

There's little agreement about a flag for the community, although a symbol of a pink triangle with a combined male and female symbol ("⚥") in the center has become the most common symbol by far. (I'd actually never seen the two flags you show. But then, the interesting part of all this is how such a community acquires a symbol.)
Anne Ogborn, 12 December 2005

Monica Helms transgender flag

Monica Helms transgender flag
image by António Martins, 1 April 2005

The most widely known transgender flag. It's a pale pink, white and baby blue set of horizontal stripes.
Vanessa Foster, 17 February 2003

Monica Helms, who is a TG activist now living in Arizona, designed the transgender flag several years ago. She has told me that the original is now in a transgender or rainbow museum, but I know not where.
Willow Arune, 16 February 2003

Dawn Holland / Transgender Nation transgender flag

Transgender Nation transgender flag
image by António Martins, 7 November 2006

Queer Nation's transgender focus group, Transgender Nation, created T-shirts and banners based on the pink triangle on white design. Dawn Holland added a symbol in the center with 4 circles interlocked, with the cross sticking up and right, the arrow down, the cross down on the left, and the arrow up to left, symbolizing various transgendered people working together.

For what it's worth, it happened in about Oct 1991 in a sandwich shop (San Francisco, Calif., US) on Castro between 17th and 18th. The original T-shirts were printed with a home silk screen kit on the floor of my apartment, and the original banner was created in my back yard. The banner and an original T shirt are in my possession at moment, but are on permanent loan to the G&LHS in San Francisco.
Anne Ogborn, 12 December 2005

This image doesn't look fully right; especially the individual gender symbols, which appear rotated. Photo, anyone?
António Martins, 7 November 2006

Jennifer Pellinen transgender flag

Jennifer Pellinen transgender flag
image by António Martins, 1 April 2005

I have created a design for a Transgender flag info on the flag and graphics for it can be found at my website.
Jennifer Pellinen, 20 July 2002

It surely is similar to the bi-sexual pride flag, and certainly bears the same symbology: a transition range from blue (male) to pink (female) — and/or inversely. The number of stripes may convey a symbolic reference to what makes the difference between a bi-sexual and a transgender, or perhaps is just an unrelated reference to the gay pride rainbow flag.

(A challenge for vexillonomists: how would you describe this flag, especially the color names?

Proposal: P− Pb− Pb Pb+ B — now the words: pink, fuchsia, lilac, plum, blue? A comment: It would look much better with a much darker blue.)
António Martins, 22 July 2002