Gilbert Baker, inventor of gay rights rainbow flag, dies at 65

Posted on:01 Apr 2017 15:54:04
Gilbert Baker, inventor of gay rights rainbow flag, dies at 65
01 April 2017 Current Affairs: Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco-based activist and artist best known for creating the rainbow flag representing gay rights, has died at the age of 65.

Gilbert Baker came up with the eight-coloured banner for San Francisco’s 1978 gay freedom day, which later became the Pride festival.

Mr Baker's original flag had eight colours, each representing a different aspect of humanity:

1) Pink - sexuality

2) Red - life

3) Orange - healing

4) Yellow- sunlight

5) Green - nature

6) Turquoise - art

7) Indigo - harmony

8) Violet - human spirit

It would later be reduced to six stripes, removing pink and indigo, and swapping blue for turquoise.

In 2015, New York's Museum of Modern Art acquired the flag for its design collection, calling it a "powerful design milestone".
Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco-based activist and artist best known for creating the rainbow flag representing gay rights, has died at the age of 65.

Gilbert Baker came up with the eight-coloured banner for San Francisco’s 1978 gay freedom day, which later became the Pride festival.

Mr Baker's original flag had eight colours, each representing a different aspect of humanity:

1) Pink - sexuality

2) Red - life

3) Orange - healing

4) Yellow- sunlight

5) Green - nature

6) Turquoise - art

7) Indigo - harmony

8) Violet - human spirit

It would later be reduced to six stripes, removing pink and indigo, and swapping blue for turquoise.

In 2015, New York's Museum of Modern Art acquired the flag for its design collection, calling it a "powerful design milestone".

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