Kye Rowan

Kye Rowan is a vexillographer who created the nonbinary Pride flag in 2014.


Kye Rowan created the Nonbinary Pride Flag in 2014 to represent people with genders beyond the male/female binary. The yellow stripe represents people outside the cisgender binary. The white stripe represents people with multiple genders. The purple stripe represents people who identify as a blend of male and female. The black stripe represents agender people, who feel they do not have a gender [1].

The flag was not intended to replace the genderqueer flag (which was created by Marilyn Roxie in 2011[2]), but to be flown alongside it, and was intended to represent people who did not feel adequately represented by the Genderqueer flag.[3]

The design of both the genderqueer flag and the nonbinary flag include the colour lavender (purple) in reference to LGBTQ+ history [2]. The word Lavender had long been used to refer to the gay community. A 1935 dictionary of slang included the phrase "a streak of lavender" meaning a person who was regarded as effeminate. A different-gender marriage where both parties were assumed to be gay was called a lavender marriage. The Lavender Scare was a moral panic in the mid-20th century, where LGBT+ people were dismissed en masse from their jobs with the United States government. Expressions used by the LGBT+ community are sometimes referred to as Lavender linguistics (although some of these expressions were derived from African American Vernacular English, or AAVE).


  1. "2SLGBTQ+ community flags and what they stand for - Hamilton City Magazine". Hamilton City Magazine - Hamilton lifestyle magazine. 2023-06-19. Retrieved 2023-10-16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Shotwell, Alyssa (2022-05-31). "The History & Meaning Behind the Nonbinary Flag Design". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 2023-10-16.
  3. Miller, Cecilia (2021-11-10). "What Is The Non-Binary Pride Flag, And What Does It Stand For?". Retrieved 2023-10-16.
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