A few months ago while talking to people about Intersectionality, I noticed there was no flag. Some people had logos, some better than others, but there was a variety of types. What I liked least of all is that none were simple and easily recognizable. Too many had fine detail that could never be recognized on a flagpole.
After much thought and several revisions, I came up with a simple flag that I think is inclusive and represents all people. It follows the North American Vexillological Association’s principles for flag design except for the use of purple.
- Keep It Simple. The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
- Use Meaningful Symbolism. The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
- Use 2 or 3 Basic Colors. Limit the number of colors on the flag to three which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
- No Lettering or Seals. Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
- Be Distinctive or Be Related. Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.
If you’ve never seen the Roman Mars TED talk on city flags, please do. It’s fun and informative.
My proposal for an Intersectional Flag is this:
Visible light is only a tiny range of light compared to ultraviolet and infrared, and white cishetero able bodied binary are but a tiny fraction of humanity. We – all other people – exist and we matter, even if governments, the news, the media, and the entertainment don’t see us or represent us. All people should be heard, recognized and protected.
The trapezoid represents all differently abled and neurodiverse people.
The parallelogram represents all nonviolent dissenters (*) and marginalized people (**).
The equilateral triangle represents all genders and sexualities either known or as yet undefined.
The varying sizes and shapes (one, two or three in combination) represent all different bodies, sizes, and skin.
(* Nonviolent dissenters: Those with unpopular political, religious and social views.)
(** Marginalized people: The poor, the disenfranchised, and anyone else not defined.)
Top edge: length of 4
Bottom edge: length of 3
Right edge: length of 2
Left edge: √3
Trapezoid: Sides of length 1, 2, 2 and √3; 60°, 90° and 120° angles
Parallelogram: Sides of length 1 and 2; 60° and 120° angles
Triangle: Sides of length 2; 60° angles
I searched through databases, and the Intersectional Tricolour design is unique among flags worldwide despite its simplicity. Only two flags are triangular scalene (Polish domestic flags, white with red borders), only one flag has a trapezoid (Kuwait), and no flags contain only the three colours, red, yellow and purple. The contrasting colours are discernable to those with Colour Vision Deficiency, and the non-rectangular shape can be felt by the Blind.