Gilbert Baker, who created the iconic symbol of gay rights, the rainbow flag, has died. Baker died in his sleep yesterday. The stroke that he had two years ago may be the cause.
Legendary Activist, Cleve Jones posted ton Facebook
“I am heartbroken. My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship. I can’t stop crying. I love you forever Gilbert Baker.“
In 1978, Baker was approached by San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk to create something that would symbolize the community and take the place of the pink triangle used decades ago by the Nazis to identify homosexuals.
Baker knew it had to be a flag.
“Flags are about power. Flags say something. You put a rainbow flag on your windshield and you’re saying something.“
Current San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, said yesterday,
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Gilbert Baker, the creator of the iconic and beloved rainbow flag.“
Standing next to Harvey Milk, Gilbert first raised the flag in San Francisco, but those rainbow colors are now seen around the world. In memory of Gilbert Baker’s contributions to the LGBT community, the rainbow flag flew at half-staff from the Mayor’s balcony.
A memorial was be held last night at Market and Castro streets in San Francisco.
Gilbert Baker was 65.
(via ABC News)