The HAPPY HUMAN is an icon that has been adopted as an international
symbol of secular humanism . Created by a boy the figure was the
winning design in a competition arranged by The British Humanist
Association (BHA) in 1965. Various forms of it are now used across
the world by humanist organisations of all sizes including the BHA,
International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and The American
Humanist Association (AHA).
The trademark is still held by the BHA, which freely licenses use of
the symbol by bona fide Humanist organisations worldwide.
* 1 Origins
* 2 Variations of the
Happy Human Symbol
* 3 Organizations using the
* 4 Organisations using similar symbols
* 5 References
Happy Human was created in response to a British Humanist
Association competition in 1965, after many years of discussion as to
what a logo should look like. After some time without progress, radio
presenter Margaret Knight backed a popular movement among the BHA's
membership to commission such a logo, triggering publicity officer Tom
Vernon to announce the competition. Of the several hundred designs
from a number of countries were considered, Dennis Barrington's simple
design was favoured for its perceived universalism. Within the space
of a few years, the logo had emerged as a symbol of Humanism, not just
of the BHA, and was adopted by humanist organisations around the
VARIATIONS OF THE HAPPY HUMAN SYMBOL
Happy Human symbol
American Humanist Association logo
European Humanist Federation logo
Humanist Canada logo
Humanistisch Verbond logo
IHEYO logo (International Humanist Ethical Youth Organization)
ORGANIZATIONS USING THE HAPPY HUMAN
American Humanist Association (US)
British Humanist Association
British Humanist Association (UK)
Council of Australian Humanist Societies (CAHS) (Australia)
European Humanist Federation
* Asociația Umanistă Română (AUR) (Romania)
LGBT Humanists UK
Humanist Association of Ireland (Ireland)
Humanist Canada (Canada)
Humanist Society of New Zealand (New Zealand)
Humanist Society Scotland (UK)
Humanistisch Verbond (Netherlands)
Indian Humanist Union (India)
Institute for Humanist Studies
International Humanist and Ethical Union
Norwegian Humanist Association (Norway)
* Primera Iglesia Humanista de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)
Swedish Humanist Association (Sweden)
Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (Italy)
ORGANISATIONS USING SIMILAR SYMBOLS
* Council for Secular
Institute for Humane Studies
Wikimedia Commons has media related to HAPPY HUMAN SYMBOL .
* ^ A B C D "The
Happy Human Symbol". BHA. Retrieved 2 November
* ^ "
Happy Human Symbol". IHEU. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
* ^ "American Humanist Homepage". Retrieved 2 November 2013.
* ^ Whitton, Liam (7 July 2015). "A ‘Clash of Symbols\': 50 years
on from the design that carried
Humanism around the world".
HumanistLife. British Humanist Association. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
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