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How rainbow flag became symbol of LGBTQ pride

How rainbow flag became symbol of LGBTQ pride
Posted at 3:37 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 17:37:20-04

Since 1978, the rainbow flag has been a symbol of pride for the LGBTQ community.

Artist Gilbert Baker designed the first rainbow flag .

According to the Britannica , politician Harvey Milk, who was also the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, urged Baker to create "a powerful symbol for the gay community."

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Baker came up with a flag because "because he saw flags as the most powerful symbol of pride," the Britannica said.

Each color of the flag, Baker said , represents a specific meaning:

  • Hot pink - sex
  • Red - life
  • Orange - healing
  • Yellow - sunlight
  • Green - nature
  • Turquoise - magic/art
  • Indigo - serenity
  • Violet - spirit

The flag has been redesigned throughout the years.

In 2017, a flag was unveiled at an event in Philadelphia. The redesigned flag included black and brown stripes that represented LGBT individuals of color, CNN reported.