In honour of Pride Month 2021, the Progress Pride flag has been updated to be inclusive of intersex people by incorporating the official intersex flag. The original Progress Pride flag was a combination of designs by Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs and Daniel Quasar. It builds on the classic LGBTQ+ rainbow flag by adding in the trans flag, as well as black and brown stripes to represent queer people of colour.
The intersex flag was first designed in 2013 by Morgan Carpenter and Tony Briffa of Intersex Human Rights Australia, and features a purple circle on a yellow backdrop. When explaining the meaning of the flag, Carpenter said: “The circle is unbroken and un-ornamented, 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.”
The latest version of the Progress flag features the intersex flag and was designed by Valentino Vecchietti of Intersex Equality Rights UK. Announcing the new design, the organisation said on Instagram: “Our intention for this flag is to create intersex inclusion because we need to see it”, adding that the flag aims to bring “extra intersex joy to Pride this year”.