The man who created the rainbow pride flag and how it lost two colours
Features Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 05:30
From the Whitehouse to brands like Coca Cola and social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, just about everything and everyone is adorning rainbow colours to celebrate the historic judgment by the US Supreme Court legalising same-sex marriages. So how did rainbow colours come to symbolise the LGBT movementÂ ? It started in 1978 when Harvey Milk, the first openly elected gay person to public office told Gilbert Baker a vexillographer (flag maker) to create a flag for the LGBT movement. Baker told refiner.49, Â â€śUntil we had a flag, the symbol for our movement was the pink triangle, which was put on us by Hitler and the Nazis,â€ť Baker says. â€śThe triangle came from a very negative, terrible place. We needed something that expressed our beauty, our soul, our love â€” that came from us and wasnâ€™t put on us.Â In November 1978, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was assassinated. People across the city decided to flow Bakerâ€™s flag as a sign of respect. Photo courtesy- Ouch.gr The first Â hand-stitched and hand-dyed flag had eight colours. Pink for sex,Â red for life,Â orange for healing,Â yellow forÂ sunlight,Â green for nature,Â turquoise for magic,Â blue for serenity and purple forÂ spirit.Â Pink and turquoise were later dropped as commercial production grew and the two colors were not part of standard colour palette. Listen to the history of the flag in Bakerâ€™s own words.