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Gay History: The Late Gilbert Baker On Why He Created The Rainbow PRIDE Flag.

Gay History: The Late Gilbert Baker On Why He Created The Rainbow PRIDE Flag.

Created in 1978, the Rainbow Pride Flag by Gilbert Baker has been a symbol of the whole LGBT+ community and those within it for over 45 years.

In 1978, when I thought of creating a flag for the gay movement (at Harvey Milk’s request) there was no other international symbol for us than the pink triangle, which the Nazis used to identify homosexuals in concentration camps. Even though the pink triangle was and still is a powerful symbol, it was very much forced upon us. I almost instantly thought of using the rainbow. To me, it was the only thing that could really express our diversity, beauty and our joy. I was astounded nobody had thought of making a rainbow flag before because it seemed like such an obvious symbol for us. A true flag is not something you can really design.

“A true flag is torn from the soul of the people. A flag is something that everyone owns and that’s why they work. The rainbow flag is like other flags in that sense, it belongs to the people.” – Gilbert Baker

On June 9, 2016, Gilbert attained a high point in his life of activism. He was invited to the White House for a reception to commemorate LGBT Pride Month. There, he presented President Barak Obama with a hand-dyed, cotton Rainbow Flag..

On March 31, 2017, Gilbert Baker passed away in his sleep at home. At the time, he had been planning a trip back to his childhood home in Parsons, Kansas. There, he was to be honored at the first annual Gilbert Baker Film Festival at Labette Community College.

Gilbert Baker’s Rainbow Flag resides in the public domain.

You can learn more about Baker’s fascinating life by CLICKING HERE.

REMEMBER: Any other version of Baker’s original design is an insult not only to Gilbert Baker and his memory but also an insult to the LGBT community itself.

Los Angeles Ditches Gilbert Baker's PRIDE Flag for Progressive Pride Flag in 2023

Los Angeles Ditches Gilbert Baker’s PRIDE Flag for Progressive Pride Flag in 2023

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to fly the controversial “The Progress Pride Flag ” instead of the original Pride flag designed by Gilbert Baker at the request of Harvey Milk.

The motion by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Lindsey Horvath directed the county’s Internal Services Department to raise “the Progress Pride Flag at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration and Los Angeles County facilities where the American and California flags are displayed during the month of June, while we celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month this year and every year moving forward.”

Daniel Quasar created the Progress Pride Flag in only 2018 as a reimagination of the original 1970s symbol. It includes black and brown stripes representing marginalized and diverse communities of color, community members lost to HIV/AIDS as well as those living with that disease. The new colors’ chevron shapes evoke “a need for forward movement,” according to the motion.

Split opinions by the community on the “Progressive Pride Flag” as made it a tough sell. Arguments against it range from “The original Pride Flag covered everyone.”to “The Progressive Pride flag is just so damn ugly.

And it is.