The Stuttering Pride Flag features interlocking sea-green and ultramarine waves, in a symmetrical pattern that is the same when the flag is turned upside down. The waves get cropped out of frame, signifying a never-ending ocean of stuttering pride.
Making waves: a stammering/ stuttering pride flag
Making waves: a stammering/ stuttering pride flag

Story

It’s not monolithic you know. It’s not one thing. Like there are so many, so many yeah, like… everybody who s-stammers, stammers in their own way and has their own-own relationship with-with their voice
JJJJJerome Ellis
Note: we use stammering and stuttering interchangeably.

What is stuttering pride?

To us, stuttering pride is a belief that stuttering voices are valid and important. It is a hope for a future in which people who stutter are respected and included. It is a movement to create this change and celebrate stuttering culture.

Why make a flag?

Flags have been crucial tools in political rights movements throughout history. A flag can be a powerful, galvanising symbol for a group, but also something with inherent meaning that is unique to each individual. We came together as a group to make a flag that visually embodies the values, ideals and hopes of stuttering pride. We understand stuttering itself as a political act. With this flag, we take pride in our speech disability.

We hope people who stutter and their allies will be brought the same joy, inspiration and sense of solidarity as the flag has brought us: that the flag can bring us together as a community, as well as encourage each person on their own stuttering and life journeys too.

We want to acknowledge that this is a stuttering pride flag, not the stuttering pride flag. It’s up to people who stutter if they identify with this design and approach we have taken. This flag is an invitation.

Why waves?

Water has long been associated with stuttering and speech. The Egyptian hieroglyph for stuttering features a wave-like motif. The iceberg analogy has been useful to people who stutter to understand their experience of stuttering and has recently been powerfully reframed by Nina G using the lens of stuttering pride.

As a group, we discussed Jordan Scott’s book I Talk Like a River that showed us how water can be used to illustrate the nuances in the stuttering experience. So too, JJJJJerome Ellis’ The Clearing that poetically relates stuttering to water and nature. We were eager to build upon this work by the stuttering community in a meaningful way, emphasising that stuttering is as natural as whirling waves and calm creeks.

An illustration from Jordan Scott's book, I Talk Like A River. It features a young boy swimming, in a painterly, artistic style. In boxes places around The boy, say the words: 'When the words around me are hard to say, I think of the proud river, bubbling, churning, whirling and crashing. =he illustration is made by Syndey Smith.'
I Talk Like A River, Jordan Scott. Illustration by Sydney Smith.

Design

Conor Foran designed the flag following a collaborative process and conversation with the team supported by allies.

Community (sea-green)

Symbolising the existing community that has used this colour for stuttering awareness since 2009.

Nature (wave motif)

Symbolising stuttering as a natural, varied phenomenon.

Liberation (ultramarine)

Symbolising the progress and passion of the stuttering pride movement.

Team

The team is a collection of people who stutter from diverse backgrounds who believe in stuttering pride.
A blue-tinted portrait of Conor Foran: he stands proudly against a blurred background, wearing a cap and looking directly at the camera.
Conor Foran
Creative Lead
Conor is an Irish person who stammers and a creative practitioner living in London. He believes art and design have the power to transform how we see ourselves as people who stammer; he hopes the flag will do just that.
JJJJJerome Ellis is an animal, artist, and proud stutterer living in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He is so grateful for all the care and acceptance he has received from communities of people who stammer and their allies.
Kristel is a person who stutters and a passionate speech therapist living in New York City. As someone who was very ashamed to stutter growing up, who eventually learned to take pride in her stuttering, she is delighted to have been a part of creating this stuttering pride flag; she hopes that the flag helps others embrace stuttering as a beautiful part of human diversity!
Laura is a stutterer originally from Romania, currently working as a researcher in the UK. Laura believes in the power of individual and collective action, and she hopes that a stuttering pride flag will mobilise further action towards destigmatising stuttering.
A blue-tinted portrait of Patrick Campbell: he is wearing a t-shirt, and is looking off into the distance, as he speaks.
Patrick Campbell
Constitutional Facilitator
Patrick is a person who stammers and doctor living in Leeds, England. He has found strength and joy in the process of making the flag and hopes people who stammer and their allies find the same things in the flag itself.
Paul is a gardener and painter who lives with a stammer. Paul loves the wave pattern in the flag celebrating the natural roots and different flow of stammered speech. Paul hopes, when you see it unfurl, that the flag helps you feel embraced by the community of people who stammer and our many friends.
Ramdeep is a person who stammers and works as a doctor in the NHS in England. In discovering the stammering community, he has found his tribe, and this flag and the way it came about reminds him of the incredible resilience of this beautiful community.

Supporting Allies

Bart is a creative project manager, graphic designer and web developer based in London.
Daniel is an independent practitioner working within the expanded field of art, design and education.
Kimberley is a freelance writer and copywriting consultant working in branding, marketing and communications.
Sam is a speech and language therapist, person-centred counsellor, supervisor and trainer living outside London, England. Sam has a particular interest in disability studies, stammering activism and what stammering can teach us about ourselves and the world.
Voon is a speech-language therapist/stammering ally in New Zealand who supports young people who stammer to view stammering as a “difference" rather than a “defect” and has been involved in the stammering pride movement since 2016.

Crowdfunding

Get in touch at flag@dysfluent.org if you have a specific order or you cannot afford the flag.

Terms of use

The flag must not be used to incite hate or discrimination of stuttering or anything else.
Use of the flag is not an endorsement.
A higher-resolution version of the flag is available in the Download Pack on Indiegogo.
The Stuttering Pride Flag features interlocking sea-green and ultramarine waves, in a symmetrical pattern that is the same when the flag is turned upside down. The waves get cropped out of frame, signifying a never-ending ocean of stuttering pride.
Download the flag

Social media

Feel free to post the flag on social media if you’re a believer in stuttering pride. Head to the crowdfunding page to find out how you can download a digital pack of stuttering pride goodies, including a social media-ready animation of the flag.

Personal

We encourage you to use the flag in your own art and advocacy, as long as it is not being sold for profit. You are free to download the flag and use it for yourself as you wish. You do not need permission for personal use. Crediting us in this case is optional, although we’d love to see the ways you use the flag.

Charity

We welcome stuttering charities to use the flag on websites and promotional material to advocate for the values of community, nature and liberation. However, if you wish to print or sell the flag in a physical form or make flag based merchandise, we ask that you please get in contact with us at flag@dysfluent.org.

Commercial

Please email us at flag@dysfluent.org if you are:

  • A business or manufacturer who wants to create a product using the Stuttering Pride Flag design.
  • A small business, organisation or artist who wants to use the Stuttering Pride Flag design in commercial artwork. We want to support stuttering artists in this endeavour; to do so, we need to provide you with a free licence.
  • A big business, organisation or artist who wants to use the Stuttering Pride Flag design in commercial artwork. Please get in touch so we can work with you to ensure the intention of the flag is retained in your endeavour before we provide you with a free licence.