Gilbert Baker’s vision of a new unifying emblem of the LGBT community in 1978 has gone on to become a globally recognize symbol. His rainbow flag was, is, and always will be a gift to the Community he loved and fought for tirelessly. He never copyrighted, trademarked, or earned any royalties from his most visible creation. It is quite simply, his gift from the heart to us.
In gratitude for Gilbert Baker’s enduring legacy, theOUTfront joins in “Raising the Rainbow” with this visual tribute in theme and variation of the Rainbow Pride Flag.
In the beginning…
The first Rainbow Pride flag is raised over UN Plaza in San Francisco in 1978.
There were originally eight stripes in the rainbow flag, each with their own symbolic meaning.
(The fuchsia and teal stripes were removed from the design, because at that time material in those colors were cost prohibitive to mass produce in a flag.)
What followed were countless variations speaking to LGBT Americans in the decades that followed.
Gilbert Baker’s rainbow vision of inclusion and Community, has become a global symbol for the fight for LGBT civil rights and equality even in Russia where it has become illegal to display it. But they do it anyway…
“Playbill,” is America’s oldest theatrical magazine, adopted a “rainbow cover” in print for all production and online during the month of June recognizing the contributions of the LGBT artists who collaborate to make live theatre and the ongoing struggle for equality.
“Four years ago, Playbill made history with its first-ever commemorative Pride print issue—the first time in our 130-year history that we changed our classic yellow and black logo to reflect a cause.”
TheOUTfront proudly presents just few of our favorite Rainbow Flag inspired works as out tribute and gratitude to Gilbert Barker.