Main | Friday, June 27, 2008

30 Years Of Rainbows

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the creation of the rainbow flag by Gilbert Baker, who will head the 38th NYC Pride March on Sunday as a Grand Marshall.

The use of a rainbow flag actually goes back for hundreds of years, but it was Baker, the "gay Betsy Ross", who turned it into a globally recognized symbol of LGBT pride and solidarity. Yes, there have been some ridiculous appropriations of the rainbow flag (rainbow thongs anyone?), but our appreciation goes out to Gilbert Baker for his enduring and unifying idea.

So please give Gilbert an extra round of applause when he passes you on Sunday. And keep an eye out for our boy Eric Leven, who'll be helping carry the flag.

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