The Rainbow Flag is the universal symbol for the LGBQTI community.
It is a inclusive symbol of love and freedom and is used all over the world. The first rainbow flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker. We was an artist, designer, a Vietnam War veteran and a drag performer who was commissioned by Harvey Milk to use as a rallying symbol ahead of San Francisco’s Gay Lesbian pride parade. Baker felt compelled to find a symbol like the Rainbow flag as meaningful inclusive for the gay and lesbian community.
“Our sexuality is of all colours. We are all the genders, races, and ages.” – Gilbert Baker
The Original Rainbow flag was made up of eight different colours, each colour representing a different meaning.
- Hot pink at the top of the flag was for sex,
- red was a symbol for life,
- orange meant healing,
- yellow was a symbol for sunlight,
- green represented nature,
- turquoise represented art,
- indigo was for harmony and at the bottom,
- Violet for spirit.
It was first waved at San Francisco’s gay freedom Day Parade on June 25th, 1978. The Rainbow flag was then patented, but with two changes made; the turquoise and hot pink were replaced with blue. When Harvey Milk was assassinated later that year demand for the flag increased. Since its creation the flag is now known globally as a symbol for the LGBQTI community. When Baker died the love and optimism he was synonymous for lives on in the flag. Purchase you Rainbow Flag here.