Progress Pride flag gets 2021 redesign to better represent intersex people

The Progress Pride flag has been redesigned by an intersex activist to include intersex people.

A yellow triangle with a purple circle in it has been added, to represent intersex people, community and rights.

The new Pride flag was designed by Valentino Vecchietti, of Intersex Equality Rights UK, who is an intersex activist and Diva Magazine columnist, continuing a tradition of Pride flags being updated and reimagined.

Intersex Equality Rights UK explained in the caption of an Instagram post sharing the new flag that the Progress Pride flag itself is a redesigned version of the classic rainbow Pride flag.

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

“In 2017 under the leadership of American civil rights activist Amber Hikes, Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT 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 since sharing the new intersex inclusive Pride flag online, it had received lots of positive feedback from “intersex people and allies from all over the globe” who “said it is bringing them joy to see intersex inclusion”.

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Intersex means a person who is born with variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that don’t fit the typical “male” or “female” definitions.

The Intersex Pride flag is a purple circle on a yellow backdrop. Designed by advocacy group Intersex Human Rights Australia in 2013, it intentionally stays away from traditionally gendered colours of blue and pink to celebrate the intersex community.

Explaining the meaning of the flag, the group states: “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.”

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