Why the gay flag has a rainbow and what the colors mean

Baker interpreted the rainbow as a natural flag from the sky, and so he adopted eight colors for the stripes, each with its own meaning (red for love, orange for life, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for peace).


What do the colors of the rainbow flag mean
Why the gay flag has a rainbow and what the colors mean

The gay flag is the most recognized symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride in the world.

  1. It was created by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, and since then it has become an international symbol of gay pride and LGBT social movements.
  2. What many people don’t know about the flag’s colors and symbolism are much more complex than what we might imagine on first glance.
  3. Here’s a look at the history behind each color and how it represents its community.


What Are the Colors in the Gay Flag?

Why the gay flag has a rainbow and what the colors mean, The color green represents nature,

  • Yellow represents sun energy.
  • Red represents life.
  • Orange represents healing and nourishment.
  • Purple represents spirit.
  • Bown represents earth.


The original eight-color flag is known as revised or horizontal.

Today's six-color flag is called vertical, though you'll also see it referred to as the International Symbol of LGBT pride.

The change happened because someone thought one more color should be added for equality:

black. A black stripe was added to show there was still more work to do in regards to racial equality within LGBT communities. Read More...


What Does Each Color Mean in the Flag?

There are many versions of what each color in the flag means. It is said that it represents hope, pride, healing, sunlight, nature, life and many other things. However, they all agree on one thing – it means equality.

The 6 colors represent how we see ourselves in nature - red for fire/passion; orange for earth/hope; yellow for sun/energy; green for wind/nature; blue for water/serenity; indigo for sky/healing; violet (or purple).

Represents spirit or Godliness. Those are just a few of countless ideas about its true meaning.


How Did the Rainbow End Up on an LGBTQ Symbol?


Difference between rainbow colors and LGBT flag
How Did the Rainbow End Up on an LGBTQ Symbol?

The first use of a rainbow in association with LGBTIQ+ people took place in San Francisco’s Pride Parade in 1970.

The parade’s organizers were trying to promote unity within an umbrella organization known as SIR (Society for Individual Rights).

After their members of differing groups objected to bringing specific flags, such as those that were women-only or men-only, they decided on using one symbolic color instead:

The Rainbow Flag was created by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker.


Why Do You See Rainbow Flags Everywhere Now?

  • The idea of rainbow flags dates back to 1978, when Gilbert Baker created one for San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade.
  • The original six-stripe flag was quickly adopted by many other cities across America, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago.

There’s no special significance to each stripe; they just represented sex (red), life (orange), healing (yellow), sunlight (green), nature (blue) and spirit (purple).

Today’s more familiar version—the symbol we all associate with LGBTQ pride—is actually an expansion on Baker’s original design. In 1988, artist Michael Page modified it to include another blue stripe in addition to pink and turquoise.

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