Sad news today as we learn of the passing of Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag which has become the international symbol for LGBTQ equality.
Baker, an Army veteran and longtime activist, was 65 years old.
Activist Cleve Jones, who knew Baker for more than 40 years, shared the news on 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 the 2007 book The American Flag, Two Centuries of Conflict and Concord, Baker is quoted as saying “Flags are torn from the soul of the people.”
Baker created the flag in 1978 for the Pride march in San Francisco, what was then referred to as the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
Jones has announced that there will be a gathering under the rainbow flag at Castro and Market Streets in San Francisco at 7 pm tonight:
San Francisco friends, meet me under Gilbert's flag tonight 7pm Castro/Market. pic.twitter.com/yPCk4jrXBX— Cleve Jones (@CleveJones1) March 31, 2017