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KNOW HOW, WHEN, WHY AND BY WHOM THE PRIDE FLAG WAS CREATED

By Gurpreet Kaur . 7th September 2018 05:30pm
KNOW HOW, WHEN, WHY AND BY WHOM THE PRIDE FLAG WAS CREATED

The month of June has been considered as the LGBT Pride Month to honor the Stonewall riots, that happened on New York City in June 1969. During the entire Pride month, the sight of the pride flags is very common and these flags are proudly displayed which symbolise the LGBT rights movement. The creation of the international Pride Flag dates back to 1978 when an artist by the name of Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag. He was an openly gay man and a drag queen. Baker said that he was inspired to create this rainbow colored flag by Harvye Milk, who was the first openly elected US officials, and later Baker created a flag for the entire gay community. Another reason why he created a flag was because he thought that flags were the most powerful symbol of pride. [caption id="attachment_47184" align="alignnone" width="495"] Source[/caption] During an interview he said, "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!’". He has seen the rainbow in the sky and thought it to be a natural flag, thereby adopting the eight colors for the strips where each colorful strip had its own meaning; hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit. Pride flags were flown down for the first time on 25th June, 1978 on the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day parade. These flags initially were hand made by Baker and a few volunteers. Later he wanted to make flags which could be consumed by everyone. But due to the production problem, pink and turquoise strips were removed and indigo blue replaced indigo. The outcome of this decision was the contemporary six striped flag, i.e. red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The multiple colored flag reflected both diversity anf unity of the LGBT community. The rainbow flag was completely established in 1994 as the symbol for LGBT pride. Today this rainbow flag has become an international symbol for LGBT pride and is seen flying all around the world.