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Rainbow Flag creator dies, aged 65

Posted in: International News
By Daily News staff - 1st April 2017

The creator of the queer pride rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker, has died aged 65.

A queer rights and AIDS activist, Baker created the flag after deciding that it was what the community needed.

At the beginning of the gay liberation movement he was serving in the US Military, stationed in San Fransisco when he was honourably discharged.

A drag performer, he taught himself to sew and in 1978 designed and sewed the very first queer rainbow flag for the San Fransisco gay freedom day.
Gilbert Baker. Photo: Gareth Watkins

Originally with 8 colours, pink and indigo were later removed and the colour blue became turquoise.

In 2015 he spoke at the Museum of Modern Art after it acquired the rainbow flag as part of its collection. He told Michelle Millar Fisher "I decided that we should have a flag, that a flag fit us as a symbol, that we are a people, a tribe if you will.

”And flags are about proclaiming power, so it's very appropriate."

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