Behind the Intersex Flag

Morgan Carpenter of Intersex Human Rights Australia, wrote the segment below after designing the flag in 2013...

"We struggle a bit with symbols for intersex, and people with intersex variations; many of us don’t see the need for them, while other people seem to like something to identify with.

There is no commonly understood symbol or flag, even within intersex communities. Many attempts have seemed derivative, of a rainbow flag, of gendered pink and blue colours, of transgender symbols, or an infinity symbol used by some bisexual groups. This is one attempt to create something that is not derivative, but yet is firmly grounded in meaning.


The colour yellow has long been regarded as an intersex colour, neither blue nor pink. Purple, too, has been used for the same purpose – including on this site.

The circle is unbroken and unornamented, 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.

......This is available freely for use by any intersex person or organisation who wishes to use it, in a human rights affirming community context."

For the latest update to the story, as well as a downloadable image of the intersex flag head to Morgan Carpenters own website here.