The Rainbow Flag at 35

The Rainbow Flag at 35

On June 25, 1978, the rainbow flag symbolizing gay pride first flew at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. So 35 years ago today the flag made its first appearance. Gilbert Baker was asked personally by Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person elected to public office in California, to create the flag.

Soon after Harvey Milk was assassinated.

The outpouring of grief created a demand for the flag, and it went into mass production. Since then it has become the ubiquitous global symbol of LGBT pride, solidarity, and freedom.

Tomorrow – whatever the decision, however the Supreme Court rules – let’s stand together and appreciate how long it took to get to this point and remember our victories.