June 25, 1978

Inspired by Harvey Milk to develop a symbol of pride and hope for the LGBT community, Gilbert Baker designs and stitches together the first rainbow flag.  The flag made its debut at the San Francisco Freedom Day Parade.

The colors on the Rainbow Flag reflect the diversity of the LGBT community each with a symbolic meaning:  Hot Pink (sexuality), Red (life), Orange (healing), Yellow (sunlight), Green (nature), Turquoise (magic/art), Blue (serenity/harmony), Violet (spirit).

In 2015, Baker’s Rainbow Flag was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art and is on display in the contemporary design gallery.