Post # 1
Why is the rainbow the symbol for the LGBTQ movement? This morning Fiance was showing me this picture of Vancouver who painted the crosswalks for pride, and plans on leaving them that way. I think it’s pretty, and great that the city is supporting it’s minority citizens, but I wondered why the rainbow of all the potential symbols for the movement?
Post # 3
@Eckle: I am going to guess because it shows harmony? I have no idea 😛
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Post # 5
@Eckle: i did a google search and found this:
The first Rainbow Flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, who created the flag in response to a local activist’s call for the need of a community symbol. (This was before the pink triangle was popularly used as a symbol of pride.) Using the five-striped “Flag of the Race” as his inspiration, Baker designed a flag with eight stripes. Baker dyed and sewed the material for the first flag himself — in the true spirit of Betsy Ross.
Christopher Pinette, 12 Jun 1996
The design may have been influenced by flags with multicolored stripes used by various left-wing causes and organizations in the San Francisco area in the 1960s. The Rainbow Flag originally had eight stripes (from top to bottom):
- hot pinkfor sex,
- redfor life,
- orangefor healing,
- yellowfor sun,
- greenfor serenity with nature,
- turquoisefor art,
- indigofor harmony, and
- violet for spirit.
Post # 6
@MrsPanda99: My best guess was their point is that sexuality is a spectrum, but I want to know the real answer.