03 April 2017 - Gilbert Baker, creator of rainbow flag gay rights symbol, dies aged 65
Aric Jenkins (Time Magazine, 01/04/2017)
Gilbert Baker, the man who created the iconic rainbow pride flag that became a symbol for the LGBTQ community, died Thursday at the age of 65.
Baker's passing was announced by activist and writer Cleve Jones, although the cause of his death wasn't immediately known.
"My dearest friend in the world is gone," Jones wrote in a post on Facebook. "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."
(BBC News, 02/04/2017)
While some have cited unity, others have talked of the safety and the love the flag means to them.
Rainbow Flag around the World
Charlotte Simmonds (The Guardian, 01/04/2017)
The first rainbow flag was made by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco-based activist and artist, for the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Soon it was a beacon for the movement. To mark Baker’s death at the age of 65, we look at the rainbow flag’s role in the global fight for LGBT rights
Steve Rothaus (Miami Herald, 01/04/2017)
Kansas-born Gilbert Baker, who created the iconic gay rainbow flag in 1978, says he’s often asked whether he’s a “friend of Dorothy.”
“I say, ‘Honey, I am Dorothy,” laughs Baker, who confesses that although “it’s a convenient analogy, “ Judy Garland’s “Wizard of Oz” anthem “Over the Rainbow” did influence him a bit when he sewed his first pride flag.
“It works because the song is beautiful,” Baker says. “The lyrics are about the longing to be free.”
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