The six-color rainbow flag, commonly known as the Gay Pride flag, is one of the most famous flags in modern history. It has transcended the fabric of flags to be the most prevalent representation of the LGBTQIA+ community around the globe. Read on to find out how it became such a powerful symbol!
San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker created the Gay Pride flag in 1978 for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. It is believed that the Baker drew inspiration from the Flag of Races, a similarly horizontal-striped flag used during the Hippie movement and featured red, black, brown, yellow, and white stripes to represent different ethnicities. Baker reportedly chose rainbow colors after hearing Judy Garland’s rendition of “Over the Rainbow”.