LGBT History Month – Feb 2021 – The Pride Flag that started it all

The history of the original pride flag should be in textbooks and taught in school, especially LGBTQ+ folks. This first pride flag was created by Gilbert Baker in 1977. Tasked by Harvey Milk, a historic figure in the fight for LGBTQ rights, to create a flag for the queer community, Baker created a rainbow flag with eight different colors.

Inspired by the classic song “Over the Rainbow” from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, Baker created a rainbow flag to represent LGBTQ folks. Each color in the flag also had a specific meaning.

  • Hot pink symbolizes sex
  • Red equals life
  • Orange symbolizes healing
  • Yellow stands for sunlight
  • Green represents nature
  • Turquoise equals magic and art
  • Indigo stands for serenity
  • Violet represents the spirit of LGBTQ people