Gilbert Baker raised the first Rainbow Flag at San Francisco Pride on June 25, 1978.
In the coming days leading up to June also known as Pride month for some, The River of Pride Flag will gain 450 feet to its overall expanse. The flags overall length will go from 900 feet long to 1/4 of a mile.
This undertaking is in response to the additional venues asking for the flag to take part in their celebration. The addition will come in the form of three new sections being connected by zippers added to the 5 previous. As in past years individual sections can be seen at different venues supporting the community.
2008 was the last time The River of Pride had seen an increased. At the time 600 feet was added bringing the flag to 900 feet.
Be Seen, Be Heard & Be Proud!!
The River of Pride was an inspired idea by one, believed in by a community. It was a labor of love of friends showing their pride, support and encouragement for those around them.
When you see The River of Pride, you’ll find hundreds of people Being Seen, Being Heard & Being Proud!! Just what you’d expect to find when a larger then life rainbow flag passes by.
You won’t find any company logos, support by or affiliate sponsors, not even who owns it. The River of Pride is about more than that. It came to life in hopes of showing support for everyone regardless of our differences.
You no longer have to watch from the sidelines wishing you where a part of just one of the many groups passing by. The flag was created for you and over the years grow to accommodate more and more people just like you.
In its presence, your excitement builds, you start looking for an opening, before you know it, you’re a part of the event and marching with the flag. You’re now being seen, being heard and able to share your pride.
The flag was made for you, to have this very liberating experience. So you could be a part of your own personal pride celebration.
We hope other colleges will follow suit.
Temple University has become the first university to display the Progress Pride flag on its campus openly, Temple Now reported, publicly taking a stand in solidarity with its LGBTQ students across all communities.
According to the Kickstarter launched by the flag’s creator, Daniel Quasar, the Progress Pride flag takes a spin on the original pride flag by illustrating the depth of the LGBTQ community. Philadelphia was the first to add black and brown stripes to the symbol of LGBTQ pride during Pride Month in 2018. The Progress Pride flag includes 5 stripes in the shape of an arrow, ranging in colors from white, light pink and light blue, all of which represent trans individuals; black and brown, which represents communities of color; and black also serves as an homage to those who passed or who are living with AIDS.
The fundraiser exceeded its goal of $14,000 and raised $25,082.
Now, Temple takes pride in its stride toward inclusivity and acknowledgment.
“It’s always good to be the institution that creates best practices as it pertains to this area,” Nu’Rodney Prada, director of student engagement for the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership, told Temple Now. “Its important as leaders within a city and an urban environment that we promote and check in with communities that are marginalized to show and demonstrate that there is support here. It’s important for us to be a role model in having difficult conversations and dialogues to support others.”
The flag stands in the university’s student center, surrounded by international flags.
OVER 40 YEARS, THE ICONIC, SIX-STRIPE FLAG HAS GENERATED A MYTHOLOGY OF ITS OWN.
Stroll across any number of cities throughout June, and you’ll find the near-ubiquitous presence of the rainbow pride flag, which has come to represent the LGBTQ community worldwide. This year alone, the iconic, six-stripe pattern has been seen in children’s books, at theme parks and on a seemingly endless series of clothing lines; a revamped version of the design was worn by “Master of None” writer and star Lena Waithe as a “queer superhero” cape at the Met Gala last month in New York.
The original rainbow pride flag dates back to 1978, when it was created by San Francisco-based queer artist Gilbert Baker for a mere $1,000. A self-described “geeky kid from Kansas,” Baker relocated to San Francisco as an Army draftee in 1970. After an honorable discharge from the military, he decided to remain in the City by the Bay to pursue a design career.Continue reading “The History And Meaning Of The Rainbow Pride Flag”
A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured circular arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.
Did you know how the creator of the Gay Pride Rainbow Flag come up with the idea? Harvey Milk, an openly gay elected politicians challenge Gilbert Baker who worked making clothing. Some say because he was from Kansas, his inspiration came from “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in “The Wizard of Oz” according to Queer Sites: Gay Urban Histories Since 1600