Who doesn’t love a rainbow? The multi-colored symbolism and what it represents. Traditionally there seven colors — red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, blue and violet — of the rainbow and each one is representative of a life lesson.
As with any symbol the rainbow colors represent much more to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement. It represents pride and has been used as an icon since the 1970s.
The rainbow flag was designed by San Francisco Artist Gilber Baker in 1978. It’s said he was inspired by Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Another suggestion for how the rainbow flag originated is that at college campuses during the 1960s, some people demonstrated for world peace by carrying a Flag of the Races with five horizontal stripes — red, black, brown, yellow and white.
Baker originally designed the flag with eight colors and assigned specific meaning to each color — pink (sexuality,) red (life,) orange (healing,) yellow (sunlight,) green (nature,) turquoise (magic/art,) indigo (serenity/harmony,) and violet (spirit.)
After the November 27, 1978 assassination of of openly gay San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk, demand for the rainbow flag increased. As Baker ramped up production of his the flag, he dropped the hot pink stripe because of the unavailability of hot-pink fabric.
In 1979, the flag was once again modified. Due to some design problems when hanged from the lamp posts of San Fransisco’s Market Street the turquoise color was dropped to create a six stripe
In 1989, the rainbow flag got nationwide attention after a California man sued his landlords and won when they attempted to prohibit him from displaying the pennant from his apartment balcony.
June celebrates Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgenders across the nation.
President Barack Obama called upon each and every American to observe the month by “fighting prejudice and discrimination” and what better to start than showing your “colors” during PrideFest this weekend at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.