LGBTQ+ Flag History
Many people identify with the LGBTQ flag, however, many don’t know the story behind it.
Originally, the flag was composed of eight stripes, resembling a rainbow. Behind every color there was meaning: hot pink symbolized sex, red was for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit. In 1978, Gilbert Baker, an american artist and gay rights activist, was assigned to create a flag at the request of Harvey Mil for a gay pride event. He was inspired by the famous song by Judy Garland “Over the rainbow”. In 1979, this flag was established. The flag partly intended to replace the pink triangle which is viewed as homophobic.
Later, the colors were modified to red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Therefore, the current flag has six stripes. Baker’s flag is now associated with LGBT rights cause and has become the international symbol for LGBTQ pride.
Baker also set a world record in 2003 by creating an one mile long and one-fourth mile wide LGBTQ flag to mark the rainbow flag’s 25th anniversary. Gilbert Baker, the man who created the most visible symbol of LGBT pride, passed away March 31, 2017. He will always be remembered in the LGBT+ community and the whole world.