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How the Rainbow Become a Gay Pride Symbol

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Published on June 11, 2019 - Duration: 01:26s

How the Rainbow Become a Gay Pride Symbol

How the Rainbow Become a Gay Pride Symbol Wearing some sort of rainbow has become the most common way people signal they are a part of or in support of the LGBTQ community.

Rainbows became a symbol of LGBTQ pride in 1978 when gay activist Gilbert Baker created the rainbow flag.

The original eight colors were chosen based on color therapy, meaning each color had a specific energy and meaning.

Pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for serenity and purple for spirit.

These colors had happy and positive meanings and were meant to represent the vitality of the LGBTQ community.

It was also meant to replace the dark history of the old symbol, a pink triangle that was conceived by Adolph Hitler during World War II.

Baker also attributes the inspiration for the rainbow to a LSD trip he and his friends had one night at a club in San Francisco.

Gilbert Baker, via β€˜Rainbow Warrior’ Pink and turquoise were eventually cut from the rainbow, as pink dye was too rare and expensive for manufacturers to use.

Turquoise was removed during the 1979 Gay Freedom Day Parade because they wanted the flag to have an even number of colors.

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