Father of LGBT's flag passed away in public memoirs

02/04/2017

Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco-based activist and artist best known for creating the rainbow flag representing gay rights, has died at the age of 65.
“My dearest friend in the world is gone. Clive Baker gave the world the rainbow flag, he gave me forty years of love and friendship,” Cleve Jones, a longtime friend, said on Twitter.
No details were immediately available on the cause of Baker’s death or where he died. According to the biography posted on his official website, he had been living in New York City.
Jones also tweeted a photo of Baker with President Obama, inviting mourners to meet him under a rainbow flag in the Castro district of San Francisco on Friday evening to remember his friend.
Baker, who was born in Kansas in 1951, was stationed in San Francisco in the early 1970s while serving in the US Army, at the start of the gay rights movement.
According to the website biography Baker began making banners for gay rights and anti-war protests, often at the request of Harvey Milk, who would become the first openly gay man elected to public office in California when he won the 1977 race for a seat on the San Francisco board of supervisors.
Milk rode under the first rainbow flags made by Baker at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in June 1978, just months before the politician was murdered by a former city supervisor, the biography says.
A vigil in Baker's memory was planned Friday evening under the rainbow flag in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza. The banner could be seen flying half-staff from the balcony of Mayor Ed Lee.
"Gilbert was a trailblazer for LGBT rights, a powerful artist and a true friend to all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. He will be missed," Lee said in a statement.
The iconic flag became the new symbol for the gay and lesbian community worldwide, but has since then gone through some changes.
The first flag had eight stripes: pink stood for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for harmony and purple for spirit.
When Baker began to mass produce the flag the following year, he had to drop two colors. He ended up dropping the pink stripe, as it was too expensive to mass produce, and turquoise, to go with an even number of colors./.
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Jane smartnic 6/4/17 19:26

He is an honourable man who had paved the way for LGBT to step into the international community. Vietnam also commemorate him by promoting rights of LGBT's people in the country.

LawrenceSamuels 6/4/17 19:28

Tribute to what he had done for equality of LGBT among society!

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