Designed by Gilbert Baker, the original gay pride flag first flew at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade celebration on 25 June 1978. Whereas today’s rainbow flag often has six colors, the original design had eight thanks to the inclusion of pink and turquoise stripes.
Baker even assigned a meaning to each color. Pink stood for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic/art, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit. It’s these meanings which have lead to artists creating variations that celebrate a specific audience or minority.
Flags are 3’x5′ polyester.