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Wrinkled trans flags generate discussion about display tact

People notice that trans flags are not pressed.
Photo credit:
Bernie Sanders - Twitter

The trans flag is being displayed at high-profile government offices all over the country to commemorate International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31, but some are not focusing on the wave of support, but rather its unkempt appearance. 

Political dynamos such as Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders have given the flag prominent positions outside their offices yet social media is having a field day pointing out the fresh-out-of-the bag wrinkles that checkerboard the fabric. 

“Discrimination has no place in our society,” Sanders wrote. “I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country.”

NewNowNext points out that Sanders' flag is one of the many still crimped with deep folds. something YouTuber Natalie Wynn shared on social media.

“Thanks, but could you steam it first [sic]," she asked referring to Sanders' display.

Her question went viral and soon others began to point out the wrinkled flags of others. 

In a hypothetical  "touche," Laurel Powell of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) created a trending hashtag #WontBeIroned. 

Then the original designer of the trans flag, Navy veteran Monica Helms spoke up saying the point was being lost between the folds as it were.

“Worried about it being wrinkled is a real kind of chickenshit thing, if you don’t mind me saying,” Helms tells NewNowNext. “Yeah, it’d be nice if they’d steam it, but the important thing is to actually put it out there.”

The Daily Beast senior reporter Samantha Allen then questioned if the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History had ironed their flag after receiving it in 2014. 

They have not responded to the question as of yet. 

Still, Helms is hoping that her creation will one day reach way beyond the entranceways of government offices. 

“I’d like to see it on the international space station,” she said. “Why not? It’s been everywhere on the planet, including Antarctica.”