Today’s Google Doodle Celebrates Rainbow Pride Flag Creator Gilbert Baker
Friday’s tribute is to Gilbert Baker, the creator of the ubiquitous rainbow Pride flag. Baker passed away earlier this year and today would be his 66th birthday.
Gay Pride Google Doodle on Google.com home page
The doodle depicts the flag magically constructing itself from fabric complete with scissors and sewing needles.
Baker created the flag at the request of Harvey Milk. Back in 2016, Baker explained to NBC Out that the flag was created to represent the global tribe of LGBT people. “We needed something that was from us,” Baker told NBC Out. “Flags are about power. Flags say something; they’re not just symbols.”
The original flag had eight colors, as opposed to the current six. Each color carried a meaning: pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, blue for serenity and purple for spirit.
The flag was never trademarked, as it was his “gift to the world,” according to the New York Times.