(June 2, 1951 – March 31, 2017) was an American artist, gay rights activist, and designer of the rainbow flag (1978), a worldwide symbol of #LGBTQ
The story of the 6 color Flag. Popular since 1979.
After the assassination of gay San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978, demand for the rainbow flag greatly increased. To meet demand, the Paramount Flag Company began selling a version of the flag using stock rainbow fabric with seven stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, and violet. As Baker ramped up production of his version of the flag, he too dropped the hot pink stripe because of the #unavailability
. Also, San Francisco-based Paramount Flag Co. began selling a surplus stock of Rainbow Girls flags from its retail store on the southwest corner of Polk and Post, at which Gilbert Baker was an employee.
In 1979 the flag was modified again. When hung vertically from the lamp posts of San Francisco’s Market Street, the center stripe was obscured by the post itself. Changing the flag design to one with an even number of stripes was the easiest way to rectify this, so the turquoise stripe was dropped, which resulted in a six stripe version of the flag — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violethttps://gilbertbaker.com/rainblow-flag-color-meanings/
also featured a #gay
, a section of an original Gilbert Baker #rainbowflag
. Gilbert Baker, who designed the rainbow flag, created a mile-long special version of the flag in 1994 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of #Stonewall
which was carried by 5,000 people through New York.https://www.irishexaminer.com/examviral/watch-corks-largest-ever-pride-parade-host-a-piece-of-history-941776.html