About the Rainbow Pride Flag
Gilbert Baker , Gay artist in 1978 at San Francisco, USA
The LGBTQ+ rights activist Harvey Milk sought for Gilbert’s help to design a flag that could symbolize the LGBT+ community to be used for the pride parade. Along with around 30 volunteers, they hand-dyed and sewn the first ever Pride flag on the balcony of the LGBT+ community center!
The original rainbow flag had eight colors with varying meanings.
At the time the LGBT+ rights movement utilized the pink triangle as their symbol, which was used by Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Gilbert thought that it was derogatory, so he designed the brand new eight-colored rainbow flag to tell the world that the LGBT+ community is filled with vitality and charm, being proud of their own identities.
From eight to seven , from seven to six
1978 Due to the need for mass production, Gilbert decided to remove the color pink due to the immense prices for pink dye.
November 1978 Harvey Milk was assassinated.
1979 The death of Milk shook the LGBT+ community in San Francisco, strengthening the fight for LGBT+ rights. In order to pay homage to Milk, as well as to show the unity of the community, the rainbow flag was used as the symbol for the commemoration. In order to have the flags equally laid on both sides of the lamp posts, Gilbert modified the design into the rainbow flag we are familiar with today.
A common symbol from San Francisco to around the globe
Philadelphia Pride Flag
2017: Philadelphia, USA
In 2016, the LGBT+ community in Philadelphia experienced racism, causing locals to demand for diversity and acceptance within the LGBT+ groups.
The Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs, along with the local advertising company Tierney, started a “More Colors, More Pride” campaign, adding the black and brown stripes on the flag to pay tributes to the contribution of people of color. The flag was hung outside the government office.
Progress Pride Flag 2018
Designer: Daniel Quasar Trans Non-binary, American graphic designer
2018, Website Kickstarter Daniel embedded five “V” shapes in front of the rainbow flag, combining the brown and black stripes from the Philadelphia pride flag, as well as adding the pale blue, pink, and white from the transgender flag. His design not only preserved the original six-colored rainbow flag but utilized an arrow-like V shape, symbolizing the need for progression in LGBT+ and trans rights for people of color.
Progress Pride Flag 2021
Designer: Valentino Vecchietti 2021: London, UK
As a member of the Intersex Rights community in England, he added the intersex flag to Daniel’s design, hoping to make the flag more inclusive. Even with the evolution of the pride flag, the meaning of uniting the LGBT+ community remains unchanged, as well as letting the world know about the pride of being true to ourselves.