Signs and symbols

Two items picked up on Facebook today: the Transgender Pride Flag (following on the death of the designer of the Gay Pride Flag, or Rainbow Flag, Gilbert Baker); and a remarkable bathroom sign that appears to be advertising a toilet for men with gigantic penises.

(#1)

(#2)

Transgender Pride. From Wikipedia:

Unlike within the wider LGBT communities worldwide which have adopted the Rainbow flag, the various transgender individuals, organizations and communities around the world have not coalesced around one single flag design.

… The most prominent of [the alternative flag] designs is known as the “Transgender Pride flag” which is a symbol of transgender pride and diversity, and transgender rights.

The Transgender Pride flag was created by American trans woman Monica Helms in 1999, and was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, United States in 2000.

The flag represents the transgender community and consists of five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pink, and one white in the center.

Helms describes the meaning of the transgender pride flag as follows:

“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.”

Bathroom signs. I’m pretty sure the intention of the creators of the third symbol in #2 was to offer a room for nursing mothers. But in the very stylized image in #2, the baby looks like a roughly yard-long penis, suggesting that the third bathroom available is for men with unmanageably godlike phalluses.

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