The story behind the LGBT rainbow

The story behind the LGBT rainbow
Posted by James Hood

The rainbow flag is associated with LGBT pride around the world, and is also sometimes used to symbolise peace. It was designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 and has also been changed a couple of times since then. After serving in the US army, Gilbert learned to sew and shortly after met influential gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who asked him to create a symbol for the gay community.

The flag was designed to reflect to diversity within the LGBT community. And it originally consisted of eight colours. Since then it has changed slightly – sometimes due to shortages in fabric colours. Today, a six-colour version is most commonly used.

After Harvey Milk was murdered in 1978, demand for the flag increased across America and it gradually became a symbol of peace, love and diversity worldwide.

While the colours each have a meaning, the complete flag is also meant to demonstrate the struggles of the LGBT community for equality, as well as hope and the reminder that after every storm there is a rainbow.

Here is what each of the original eight colours represent:

Green – nature

Pink – sexuality

Blue – harmony

Orange – healing

Red – life

Turquoise – magic and art

Violet – spirit

Yellow – sunlight

*We’ve made every effort to ensure the facts in this article are correct in carrying out our research.


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