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Original Pride Flag Returns To San Francisco After 40 Years Ahead Of Pride Month !

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Original Rainbow Flag Made In San Francisco Found After 40 Years

The original rainbow flag which was used to celebrate Pride will return to its home in San Francisco. It was made by Gilbert Baker when gay rights activist Harvey Milk asked him to come up with something to represent the LGBTQ community. It was thought to be lost 40 years ago but has finally been found. At present, people can find it at the GLBT Historical Society Museum. The timing couldn’t have been better with the Pride month going on. The discovery of the original flag has come as a welcome surprise for the LGBTQ+ community.

Original Pride Flag

Source: SF Examiner

What Do The Colors In Original Rainbow Flag Symbolize?

Most of the Pride flags today have six colors. However, when Baker came up with the flag, it had eight colors. Each color symbolized something for the LGBTQ+ community. In one of the interviews, Baker himself described what the flag and its colors meant to him. Moreover, he said, “Hand-dyed, big mess, cotton, oh my God you don’t even want to know, stitch, stitch, stitch on the little Singer. Pink is for sex, red is for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green, nature, turquoise for magic, blue for serenity, and purple for the spirit. I like to think of those elements as in every person.”

Gilnbert Baker

Source: Paper Magazine

Why Gilbert Baker Made A Flag To Symbolize The LGBTQ+ Community

When Gilbert Baker was asked to come up with a symbol for the LGBTQ+ community, he instantly knew it had to be a flag. Moreover, he said, “Flags are about power. Flags say something. You put a rainbow flag on your windshield, and you’re saying something.” Baker never thought of it as his flag. For him, it was the flag of every individual part of the LGBTQ+ community. Baker died in 2017 at the age of 65 but lives through the flag he made for a bigger cause.

 

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