All the colours of the rainbow flag were originally hand dyed by artist Gilbert Baker back in 1978. It has to be acknowledged that Gilbert Baker, was influential in advancing gay rights around the world from the 1970’s until the time of his passing on March 31st, 2017.
The pride flag became a positive symbol of pride for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
All the colours of the rainbow flag
The original flag had eight colours.
- Pink for sexuality
- Red represents life.
- Orange is for healing.
- Yellow for sunlight.
- Green capturing the essence of nature.
- Turquoise for magic and art.
- Blue was to symbolises serenity.
- Violet or purple represents harmony.
Pink was removed from the flag as a result of the unavailability of fabric as demand for the flag grew. Turquoise ended being removed also as it was obscured by the lamp post it was hung from in 1979.