We recently had a young man trade us some custom art for custom buttons (a very fair trade!) and he requested these awesome pronoun buttons featuring the Transgender Pride flag. The designs are ours but the idea is his, and we think these buttons are a very elegant solution for anyone in a safe space whose friends may need a gentle reminder of the right pronoun.
The colors come from Transgender Pride flag, itself a great design story. The flag was designed in 1999 by Monica Helms, a transgender American woman, activist and US Navy Veteran. She explains:
“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.”
We love the symbolism of symmetry in this design, that it’s always correct no matter how it flies. A beautiful and powerful message told in color and symbol – that’s what makes brilliant graphic design.
In 2014, Monica donated the original flag to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.