Subscriber Account active since. Free subscriber-exclusive audiobook! Get it now on Libro. But why rainbows, of all symbols? Why not other color combinations? Why a color combination at all, and not some kind of shape as a logo instead?
But who created the rainbow flag, and why did it become a symbol of the LGBT community? The rainbow flag was created in by artist, designer, Vietnam War veteran and then-drag performer, Gilbert Baker. The decision to enlist Baker proved serendipitous, as the idea of a flag to represent the gay and lesbian community had occurred to him two years earlier. And as a struggling drag performer who was accustomed to creating his own garments, he was well-equipped to sew the soon-to-be iconic symbol.
Other older uses of rainbow flags include a symbol of peace. While this use of the rainbow flag originated in San Francisco , it is now used worldwide. Originally devised by artist Gilbert Baker , the design has undergone several revisions since its debut in , first to remove colors then restore them based on availability of fabrics. The flag is typically flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow. LGBTQ individuals and allies currently use rainbow flags and many rainbow-themed items and color schemes as an outward symbol of their identity or support.