The rainbow flag is an international symbol of pride for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. It was created in 1978 by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker, at the request of gay leader and local politician Harvey Milk. The gay community in San Francisco quickly adopted the flag as a symbol of gay pride. From there, it spread around the world. The rainbow flag is so well-recognized that it has even been banned in some particularly unpleasant jurisdictions.
The modern rainbow flag’s stripes are red (representing life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), blue (serenity), and violet (spirit). The original flag contained two additional stripes, hot pink (representing sex) and turquoise (for magic). Baker removed hot pink from the flag when it became difficult to find enough fabric of the appropriate color to make mass production possible. In 1979, he dropped the turquoise stripe as well, in order to maintain an even number of stripes.
Our rainbow flag sign is flat printed on heavy 14-gauge steel. Unlike a fabric flag, it won’t wave in the wind, but it will withstand the elements for much longer without tattering. Its glossy finish makes it an attractive indoor display piece as well. We’ve made it available in six sizes, from 15 in. × 9 in. all the way up to a colossal 90 in. × 54 in. Each size includes two holes for easy mounting. (Looking for a pride flag not listed on our site? Or perhaps the flag of your city, state, country, or organization? We’d be happy to make it for you! Just contact Jake to get started on your custom order.)