Pride flag updated in 2021 to represent intersex community

The Pride flag won't be complete until all 64 genders and are represented on it.

To promote intersex persons, community, and rights, an intersex activist updated The Progress Pride flag to feature a yellow triangle with a purple circle.

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The classic rainbow Pride frag that represents all genders and orientations has been modified, yet again, to give the intersex community specific representation in 2021. But even the LGBTQ gay and lesbian community have mixed feelings about the new redesign.

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Valentino Vecchietti of Intersex Equality Rights UK, an intersex activist and Diva Magazine columnist, designed the new Pride flag, which “continues a tradition” of Pride flags being updated and reimagined. The Progress Pride flag is a redesigned version of the classic rainbow Pride flag that has represented the gay and lesbian community since 1978, according to Intersex Equality Rights UK in the caption of an Instagram post featuring the new flag.

“In 2013 Morgan Carpenter and Tony Briffa of Intersex Human Rights Australia designed the intersex flag,” the activist group said on Instagram.

“In 2017 under the leadership of American civil rights activist Amber Hikes, Philadelphia’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs developed the rainbow flag to incorporate black and brown stripes to include Black, brown, and people of colour. Building on that in 2018 Daniel Quasar redesigned the flag to include trans people, creating the Pride Progress flag.

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“In 2021, Valentino Vecchietti of Intersex Equality Rights UK developed the Pride Progress flag design to incorporate the intersex flag.”

Intersex Equality Rights UK added that it had received many positive feedbacks from “intersex people and allies all over the world,” since sharing the new 2021 cross-sex inclusive pride flames flag online. They claim that it brings them happiness and tears of joy to see intersex integration.

Pride flag redesign 2021 includes intersex representation
Redesigned “Progress” Pride flag of 2021 now includes intersex flag. Image credit Intersex Equality Rights UK Instagram.

“The circle is unbroken and un-ornamented, symbolising wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolises the right to be who and how we want to be,” a spokesperson for the advocacy group stated.

A purple circle on a yellow background makes up the Intersex Pride flag which has now been incorporated in to the Pride flag in 2021 . It was created by an Australian Intersex Human Rights advocacy group in 2013 to commemorate the intersex community by avoiding traditionally gendered colours like blue and pink.

However, not everyone is a fan of the new flag, as it has received harsh criticism from members of the gay and lesbian community.

“I feel bad for the business owners who just bought all the ones with the just the brown, black, pink and blue triangle. Must be hell to try to keep up with a new flag every month,” Chris Hughes commented.

“If you need a flag to make you feel good about your sexual preferences, you’ve got bigger problems than your sex life,”   Beatrice Cardenas, US House to represent California’s 27th Congressional District, said.

One user just thought that the incorporation of the intersex flag clashed with the rest of the designing, adding “It’s soo ugly. That protruding triangle is garish and lacks balance.”

“My understanding is that the original rainbow flag already represents all genders and orientations. When you add different symbols to represent every possible subdivision, the complexity spirals out of control as every group feels the need to have themselves specifically featured,” one user tweeted.

The classic rainbow pride flag has received many modifications in before 2021 and will likely be updated frequently in the future to accommodate for every single sexual orientation and gender.

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