The trans pride flag was designed by Monica Helms, an openly transgender American woman, in August 1999. It was first shown at a Phoenix, Arizona LGBT pride celebration the following year.
Every aspect of the design is carefully chosen to reflect trans identities. In August 2014, Helms donated the original transgender flag to the Smithsonian National Museum of American Histor in Washington, DC, as part of a special LGBT collection.
In 2000, Helms moved from Arizona to Atlanta, Georgia and got involved in activism, becoming the executive director of the Georgia transgender advocacy organization Trans=Action. She also co-founded the Transgender American Veterans Association in 2003. As someone who had loyally and bravely served her country under the American flag, Helms was inspired to create a transgender flag as a representation of transgender legitimacy and pride. The flag consists of five stripes: a light blue stripe followed by a light pink stripe at the top and bottom, with a white stripe in the middle.
"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."
In addition to Monica Helms original transgender pride flag design, a number of communities have created their own variations