The Gay Rainbow Flag

Contributed by Dan Kahn

The Gay Rainbow Flag

The rainbow flag, sometimes called 'the freedom flag', was popularized as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and diversity by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. The different colors symbolize diversity in the gay community, and the flag is used predominantly at gay pride events and in gay villages worldwide in various forms. For the 25th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in 1994 in New York city, a mile-long rainbow flag was created and post-parade cut up in sections that have since been used around the world.
Originally created with eight colors, pink and turquoise were removed for production purposes; since 2008, it consists of six colored stripes, which should always be displayed with red on top or to left.

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Location

San Francisco

Culture
Period

1978

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Size
H:
60cm
W:
150cm
D:
0.5cm
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