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GILBERT BAKER

Designer of Rainbow Flag, Enduring Symbol for Gay Rights, Has Died ORIGINAL POST FROM THE TWO-WAY - BREAKING NEWS FROM NPR

At the time, the pink triangle, designed after the schema Nazi’s used to target homosexuals for extermination, was commonly appropriated by activists. Baker found himself dismayed by the appropriation. Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag, which would endure as the symbol of gay activism and solidarity for 40 years, has died. Cleve Jones, a longtime friend and noted gay rights activist, announced the death on Twitter. Baker designed his first flag during the 1970s while an active member of San Francisco’s gay community. An Army veteran and drag performer, Baker found himself sought after for his deftness at costuming to make signs and banners for the burgeoning gay rights movement. 10 | Guide to Las Vegas PRIDE 2017

“It came from such a horrible place of murder and holocaust and Hitler,” said Baker during a 2015 interview with the Museum of Modern Art. “We needed something beautiful, something from us. The rainbow is so perfect because it really fits our diversity in terms of race, gender, ages, all of those things. Plus, it’s a natural flag, it’s from the sky.” The first rainbow flags debuted at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. The parade committee fronted $1,000 for its design and con-

Guide to Las Vegas PRIDE 2017  

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