Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Why the rainbow flag is the gay symbol
The rainbow flag has many meanings in a lot of different cultures, but the one to make it known as the gay flag today was Gilbert Baker, who was a San Francisco artist in 1978. The colors of the flag first represented diversity among races and sexes. Due to the rainbow being widely known as the symbol for LBGT rights, it has been widely distributed and sold as shirts, hats, even pants. To some, the flag makes them proud of who they are and they flaunt who they are freely with the flag waving behind them like a cape or a security blanket. The flag originally had eight colored stripes including pink and turquoise. Besides representing LGBT, the colors were designed to symbolize: life (red), healing (orange), sunlight (yellow), nature (green), harmony (blue), and spirit (purple/violet).The removed colors stood for sexuality (pink) and art/magic (turquoise). Since the flag is so colorful and bright it is easily seen and is a normal sight today. To LGBT people, see the flag makes them feel happy, calm, safe, like they are wanted in the world or in the place where ever the flag is flown.The colors are placed from where they would actually go on a rainbow, therefore making it look not only more organized but easy to recognize.