~ The Philosophy of the RAINBOW FLAG ~

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~ The Philosophy of the RAINBOW FLAG ~

Post by Bill Wiltrack » Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:37 pm

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The rainbow flag, commonly the gay pride flag and LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. (Other uses of rainbow flags include a symbol of peace.)

The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights marches.

It originated in Northern California, but is now used worldwide.

Designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, the design has undergone several revisions to first remove then re-add colors due to widely available fabrics.

As of 2008, the most common variant consists of six stripes, with the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow.


Gilbert Baker, an openly gay activist born in 1951, grew up in a small Kansas town, and went on to serve in the US army for about two years in 1970. After an honorable discharge, Gilbert taught himself to sew.

In 1974, Baker met Harvey Milk, an influential gay leader, who three years later challenged Baker to come up with a symbol of pride for the gay community. The original gay pride flag flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978.

It has also been suggested that Baker may have been inspired by Judy Garland's singing "Over the Rainbow" and the Stonewall riots that happened a few days after Garland's death (she was one of the first gay icons).

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 (also called the Flag of the Human Race) with five horizontal stripes (from top to bottom they were red, white, brown, yellow, and black).

Gilbert Baker
is said to have gotten the idea for the rainbow flag from this flag in borrowing it from the Hippie movement of that time largely influenced by pioneering gay activist Allen Ginsberg.


The flag originally consisted of eight stripes; Baker assigned specific meaning to each of the colors:




Color Meaning:

Hot pink - Sexuality
Red - Life
Orange - Healing
Yellow - Sunlight
Green - Nature
Turquoise - Magic/art
Indigo/blue - Serenity/harmony
Violet - Spirit







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Re: ~ The Philosophy of the RAINBOW FLAG ~

Post by Philosophy Explorer » Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:41 pm

Bill Wiltrack wrote:.





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The rainbow flag, commonly the gay pride flag and LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. (Other uses of rainbow flags include a symbol of peace.)

The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights marches.

It originated in Northern California, but is now used worldwide.

Designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, the design has undergone several revisions to first remove then re-add colors due to widely available fabrics.

As of 2008, the most common variant consists of six stripes, with the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow.


Gilbert Baker, an openly gay activist born in 1951, grew up in a small Kansas town, and went on to serve in the US army for about two years in 1970. After an honorable discharge, Gilbert taught himself to sew.

In 1974, Baker met Harvey Milk, an influential gay leader, who three years later challenged Baker to come up with a symbol of pride for the gay community. The original gay pride flag flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978.

It has also been suggested that Baker may have been inspired by Judy Garland's singing "Over the Rainbow" and the Stonewall riots that happened a few days after Garland's death (she was one of the first gay icons).

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 (also called the Flag of the Human Race) with five horizontal stripes (from top to bottom they were red, white, brown, yellow, and black).

Gilbert Baker
is said to have gotten the idea for the rainbow flag from this flag in borrowing it from the Hippie movement of that time largely influenced by pioneering gay activist Allen Ginsberg.


The flag originally consisted of eight stripes; Baker assigned specific meaning to each of the colors:




Color Meaning:

Hot pink - Sexuality
Red - Life
Orange - Healing
Yellow - Sunlight
Green - Nature
Turquoise - Magic/art
Indigo/blue - Serenity/harmony
Violet - Spirit







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You and Boob ought to get together on this.

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Re: ~ The Philosophy of the RAINBOW FLAG ~

Post by Arising_uk » Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:23 am

Bill - plagiarizing again I see.

PhilEx - Do you have to re-quote the whole thing again? Just edit between the quote tags.

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Re: ~ The Philosophy of the RAINBOW FLAG ~

Post by Philosophy Explorer » Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:27 am

Arising_uk wrote:Bill - plagiarizing again I see.

PhilEx - Do you have to re-quote the whole thing again? Just edit between the quote tags.
It's easier for me to hit the quote mark than to edit.

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Re: ~ The Philosophy of the RAINBOW FLAG ~

Post by Dalek Prime » Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:04 am

Seems there were many rainbow flags before the gay one. Anyway, what's your point. It's a flag about acceptance and unity. You think we don't get this already? Really? It's no secret, you know?

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