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About Our Cover
Gilbert Baker (June 2, 1951 – March 31, 2017) was an American artist and gay rights activist who designed the Rainbow Flag in 1978.
Baker’s flag became widely associated with LGBT Rights causes, a symbol of PRIDE that became ubiquitous in the decades since its debut. Thirty volunteers had helped Baker hand-dye and stitch the first two flags in the top-floor attic gallery of the Gay Community Center at 330 Grove Street in San Francisco. He refused to trademark it, seeing the colors as a symbol that reflected the diversity of the LGBT community.
When Baker raised the first Rainbow Flags at San Francisco Pride on June 25, 1978, it had eight colors, each with a symbolic meaning that we have listed above.
Thank you Gilbert Baker for creating one of the most recognized symbols in the world that has been used for celebration, protest, calls to action, love, and support. Your Rainbow Flag has been on parade for 39 years and we are honored to have your colors represented on the cover of our 2017 Pride Guide.