Dear Mayor Resnick and Commissioner Scott Newton,

I read this article in the Southern Florida Gay News about your wonderful city deciding not to fly the Transgender Pride Flag next to the Rainbow Flag at Jaycee Park.  I am writing you this E-mail to request you reconsider your decision. 

You may wonder why a person from Marietta, GA would care if you fly the flag or not.  I’m the person who created the Transgender Flag in 1999 and the original flag is now in the Smithsonian.  I donated it to them on August 19, 2014. 

The transgender community is very wide and diverse.  Many trans people identify as straight and wish not to be included under the Rainbow Flag because of being straight.  The Rainbow Flag does not represent them, but they feel the Trans Flag does.

The request to fly the Trans Flag was brought up to the City Commission to show that the city is supportive of trans children who have had their rights removed when it comes to which restroom they can use.  Young children have no sexual orientation as of yet, so they wouldn't be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight.  The Rainbow Flag does not represent them as well.

The Transgender Pride Flag is a well-known symbol that many trans people around the world would prefer far more than that of the Rainbow Flag.  Flying it will show that the city is aware of the large diversity of the Trans Community and supports them. 

I hope you would consider flying the Trans Flag along with the Rainbow Flag every day, but if you still wish not to do that, then I am requesting that you would at consider flying it on at least three days a year.  March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility,August 19 is the Transgender Flag Day, and November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance.  I'm sure the trans people in Wilton Manor and in the surrounding areas would appreciate it. 

Still, I would hope you would fly it every day for the reasons I brought up.  Thank you both for your time. 

— Monica Helms 
Marietta, GA


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