In 1978, Harvey Milk asked Gilbert Baker to create a unifying symbol for the growing gay rights movement, and on June 25 of that year, Baker's Rainbow Flag debuted at San Francisco's Gay Liberation Day parade. Baker had no idea his creation would become an international emblem of freedom, forever cementing his place and importance in helping to define the modern LGBTQ+ movement.
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Gilbert Baker (Author)
Artist Gilbert Baker created the first Rainbow Flag in 1978, and was a longtime LGBTQ+, peace, and AIDS activist. He died in 2017.