As I’ve been working through the numerous tasks that I have lined up at the moment I’ve been putting together a section in the Transgender Awareness Training relating to definitions of the various sub-categories which fall under the Transgender Umbrella.
In order to present the concept on the PowerPoint slides I decided to use the various Pride flags as a starting point for each definition, and this highlighted a problem. I couldn’t find a flag to represent the cross-dressing community.
Now whilst cross-dressing is not synonymous with being transgender per-se, the support group I help to run welcomes cross-dressing individuals to our ranks as we feel they are a valid subsection of our community and face many of the same problems and issues as the rest of the transgender people we aim to support. Just try going shopping with one and you’ll find out what I mean.
In my infinite wisdom, and so as not to have to go back and redo an afternoon’s work, I decided to create the above flag to fill the gap. Some of you may think that I just plagarised the Scottish flag but this isn’t the case; the dimensions of the cross are to my own design.
I’ve used the same colours as the Transgender Pride flag designed by Monica Helms in 1999; light blue for boys, pink for girls, and white for those who are transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender.
Not only does this get me out of a hole as far as the presentation is concerned but, more importantly, its adoption and use by the cross-dressing community would give them an opportunity to display their own identity at Pride marches in the future, or wherever else they want.
So, please tell me what you think. Do you agree with me that the cross-dressing community has been short-changed up until now? Do you like the design? Would you make changes to it? Would you use it?
Let me know!
Stay safe everyone.