One of the most recognizable symbols of the LGBT community in the world is the rainbow flag. This simple, yet effective sign conveys a lot of community’s struggles, desires, and aspirations. Gay pride flag has gone through a couple of variations since it first appeared in the late ’70s but the message remained pretty much the same. Diversity is what makes this world beautiful and, hopefully, the entire world will learn to accept that fact.
In this article, we will take a short look at the history of the rainbow flag, how it came to be and what is the meaning behind the colors.
Late 1970s and Gilbert Baker
The inventor of the rainbow flag (also called gay pride flag) was an openly gay activist from Kansas Gilbert Baker. He met the famous Harvey Milk (the first openly gay politician elected for office) in 1974 and he challenged him to come up with a unique symbol for the gay community. According to some, Baker was inspired by the song “Over the Rainbow” sang by one of the first gay icons in the world, Judy Garland. Others believe that it’s actually a variation of the “human races flag” that appeared sometime during the ’60s.
Gay Pride Flag – Meaning of the Stripes
The flag first appeared in public in 1978, during a pride parade in California. Originally, it consisted of 8 colors with specific meanings assigned to each stripe. The top stripe was hot pink symbolizing sex. It was followed by the red one signifying life and the orange one representing healing. The yellow and green were sunlight and nature, respectively, while the turquoise was something between magic and art (sometimes there’s no difference). The final two were indigo and violet representing serenity and spirit.
Variations of the Rainbow Flag
The gay pride flag changed over the years, mainly due to availability of the materials and colors. The hot pink was the first to go as this color was nearly impossible to find most of the time. The indigo and turquoise colors were combined into royal blue just a year later. This is how the most popular version came to be.
In order to mark the 25th anniversary of the significant Stonewall riots, Gilbert Baker was commissioned to create the largest gay pride flag in the world. After months of planning and designing, with the help of a team of volunteers, he made the classic 6-color flag in 1994. The flag was officially recognized as the world’s largest flag. He repeated the challenge in 2003, this time marking the anniversary of the flag itself.
Gay Pride Flag and Its Significance
Over the years, the so-called rainbow flag has transcended its initial purpose and become a recognizable symbol of freedom, peace, tolerance and diversity. In 2018, another variation of the flag appeared during the Love Fest in Sao Paolo. The rainbow flag this time included all of Baker’s 8 original colors, along with the ninth one in the middle. The completely white stripe in the middle represents peace and union among all.
Porta Bar Mykonos – Proudly Carrying the Flag
If you’re looking for a place where you can proudly wave your rainbow flag, it’s Porta Bar Mykonos. We like to think of ourselves as the protectors of the flame of diversity where everyone is welcome. Visit us in Mykonos and absorb the amazing atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.