Before the Rainbow was gay

Rainbow patterns were popular in fashion during the 1970s, before Gilbert Baker adapted the motif in 1978 for a rainbow flag to represent the diversity of the gay community. San Francisco’s first openly gay supervisor, Harvey Milk, used the flag as a symbol for that year’s Pride Parade (called Gay Freedom Day at the time). On November 27 1978, the assassination of Harvey Milk and mayor George Moscone propelled the flag into a symbol of the LGBT movement. Gilbert Baker passed away March 31, 2017 at his home in New York City, He was 65 years old.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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