How the Rainbow Flag Became a Symbol of LGBTQ Movement

Unique flag has served as a beacon of Pride since the late 1970's.

June 16, 2017 5:00 am
A vigil held for the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in June 2016.
A vigil was held in Toulouse for the victims of the killings in the gay club 'Pulse in Orlanda, Florida by Omar Mateen. The killings was claimed by Daech (Islamic Stae). 49 people were killed.Toulouse. France. June 14th, 2016. (Photo by Alain Pitton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

June is Pride Month, where members and allies of the LGBTQ community around the world come together to celebrate with parades, parties, festivals, and picnics.

This month also marks one year since 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. The victims were honored last week in rainbow-hued memorials and guarded by supporters dressed as angels around the country; at the scene of the nightclub itself, gathering of a few hundred people huddled together, remembering those who lost their lives to the worst terror attack on American soil since 9/11.

In honor of the LGBTQ community as a whole, Great Big Story produced a video that explores the history behind the rainbow flag, including how it became a symbol of hope, resilience, and ongoing pride for the LGBTQ community in every corner of the globe. 

It’s origins date back to the 1977 Pride March in San Francisco and the efforts of activist Gilbert Baker to create a unifying image for the event.

See for yourself.

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