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 the hermaphrodite colour, neither blue nor pink – take a look at the trailer for Intersexion.
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.
We’ve received some positive feedback from diverse intersex communities. This is available freely for use by any intersex person or organisation who wishes to use it, in a human rights affirming community context.
Please feel free to download and share.
Creative Commons license
The “intersex flag” image is now formally licensed under the Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Universal license. 18 December 2013.
This page is not intended as an introduction to intersex. Introductory information, and reading on related issues:
- We recommend our Intersex for allies leaflet as an introduction to intersex.
- On intersectionalities with gay and lesbian communities.
- On intersectionalities with disability.
- On intersectionalities with trans experiences.
- Statement on the Senate report ‘Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia’.
- Defining intersex: Australian and international definitions.
- All FAQs listed – a curated list of key articles on the OII Australia site.