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Interview: Monica Helms - creator of the Trans Pride flag

It's coming up to international Trans Pride Flag Day - the day that marks the occasion when Trans pioneer Monica Helms designed and made the very first flag and symbol for the Trans community - that had its roots across the LGBTQIA family.

We caught up with Monica to discuss this important milestone in our queer history.

What made you want to design the Trans Pride Flag?

I was having dinner with Mike Page, the man who designed the Bisexual Pride Flag.
He said to me that the Trans community should have their own flag.

We talked about it but nothing came to me.
He also said, "The important thing to remember is to keep it simple.
"The least amount of stitches makes it cheaper to make and cheaper to sell."

This was before flags were silk-screened. A couple of weeks later, I woke up one morning and while I lay in bed, the image came to me. I got up and drew out the design on paper.

So how did your concept progress to a physical representation of the Trans colours?

I liked what I saw, so I contacted the same company that made the Bi Flag and they sent me some swatches. I picked out the colors and a week later, I had the first Transsexual Pride Flag.


What would young young trans people like to hear from a pioneer such as yourself?

I think that the youth are very inquisitive about a movement that they grew into and started long before they were born.

They want to know who came before them and opened the doors so they could be themselves at a much younger age then many of us older people could.

I find that they like hearing how the Trans Flag came about and all the efforts people put into to make it as popular as it is today.

The flag they wear as a cape at Pride has a long history of where it's been and how it got there.

 

 


So what has been the impact of your designs on Pride celebrations globally?

It was 2013 when I looked at Pride photos around the world when I noticed that the Trans Flag and the Trans colors where popping up in many places. I was amazed at its popularity.

Then I realized that I had the original and I became scared of its safety.

I decided that I needed to find a place where it would remain safe from harm and that people could see it, knowing it's the first one.

I decided to start at the top, so I contacted the Smithsonian in Washington DC and just so happen they were starting to collect LGBTQ related items.

The first Trans Flag was perfect.

The Smithsonian doesn't just take donations like a thrift store. They want to know everything about the item and the person who is donating it.

 

So how did your life history effect the acceptance of the Trans flag?

When they learned about my Navy history, they decided the flag should be stored with other military-related flags.

After all the time spent communicating with the Smithsonian, I finally donated it to them on August 19, 2014. 15 years to the day when I created it.

In 2016, the original Trans Flag was displayed in the White House for President Obama's last LGBTQ day for his time in office.

Thats incredible Monica - thank you so much for spending this time with Guidetogay.com - you have a book detailing the journey and history of this iconic symbol - where can people get it?

It is called, "More Than Just a Flag" because I felt that I have done many things in my life other than creating the Flag. I wanted people to see that the person who created the Trans Flag has done many more things for the Trans community over the years and that creating the Trans Flag was just a small part of it. It can be found on More Than Just A Flag

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Federal Court Judge Blocks Trumps Trans Military Ban

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A federal court judge has just blocked President Donald Trump's ban on military service members. Trump in July without consultation with the heads of the armed forces announced via Twitter a total ban on all transgender people serving in the military. Months later, that announcement was translated into a policy memo authorizing Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to determine who can serve and who must be discharged.

The D.C. Court's ruling, handed down Monday afternoon, says it believes Trump's order was "driven by a desire to express disapproval of transgender people generally."

The ruling does allow the Trump administration to continue blocking funds for sex reassignment surgery, The Washington Post reports.

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norrie mAy-Welby makes history

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Australia may have made gender history this week, as the New South Wales government lays claim to being the first in the world to recognise an individual’s sex as officially “not specified”. The milestone in the evolution of gender queer came about with the issuing of a ‘Sex Not Specified’ Recognised Details Certificate in place of a birth certificate to Norrie (also known as norrie mAy-Welby) a long time community activist and Sydney resident.

Zie (a gender-specific pronoun) is now legally recognised by the Australian government as neither male nor female, and has made headlines around the world.

It is the end of a long journey for Norrie, aged 48, who was born in Scotland and registered male at birth.

On hir site, zie writes: "The theorists who inform transsexual and intersexual medical intervention presume that everyone has one real gender identity at the core of their being, whether or not this is congruent with their anatomy. Even children biologically hermaphrodite are supposed to be 'really' of one gender, with the surgically discarded sex declared the 'false' one.

“Unsurprisingly, many intersexual children are traumatised by the obliteration of their sexual duality. Many as adults seek transsexual procedures to restore their discarded sex, but at the expense of the surviving sex. This is just one tragic result of our society's belief in mutually exclusive genders.

“Not all human societies see the genders as mutually exclusive. Transgender people are seen in India as "half half" , in the Philippines as "lady-boys" , and in indigenous American cultures as "two-spirited." People seen by our society as having a gender opposite to the one sex they were born with are seen by other societies as simply having two genders. Bi-gendered. In this light, the permanent removal of the characteristics of one sex to allow the expression of the other seems a total waste."

Zie goes on: “I wonder if we in Western culture would have more options for happiness if we too had permission not simply to be of one gender or the other, but also to be of both genders, if such was our nature."

Norrie ceased lifelong hormone treatment and took up a neuter identity – neither male nor female – resisting any further female or male normalisation.

In January 2010 doctors declared that they were unable to determine hir as either male or female as zie has no gonads, the hormonal system was not typically male or female, and Norrie’s psychological identity was neuter.

Norries' website is  http://www.may-welby.blogspot.com

norrie mAy-welby, is a long time advocate for the rights of all people to be free from discrimination based on diversity of sex or gender, including intersex and transgender people.

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