The Origins Of The Rainbow Flag

Black and White with Stripes Gay Rights Poster

Have you ever wondered why the LGBT’s symbol is the rainbow flag?

Artist and gay rights activist Gilbert Baker, born on June 2, 1951, and died March 31 last year decided to create the rainbow flag after being urged by Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California, to come up with the symbol for the gay community.

Back then, our community’s symbol was the pink triangle that was put on us by Hitler and the Nazis during his rule, as a concentration camp badge for homosexuals (and sexual misconducts). It only shows that this symbol has a very negative and terrible meaning so Baker wanted our new symbol to express our beauty, soul, and love that came from us and was not put on us.

According to Britannica, Baker decided to make that symbol a flag because he saw flags as the most powerful symbol of pride. As he said later in an interview, “Our job as gay people was to come out, to be visible, to live in the truth, as I say, to get out of the lie. A flag really fit that mission, because that’s a way of proclaiming your visibility or saying, ‘This is who I am!'”

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