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How the Rainbow Pride Flag Earned Its (Colorful) Stripes

In late ‘70s San Francisco, the nascent Gay Rights Movement was in full swing. Without a symbol to rally around, the diverse group of activists navigated the treacherous political climate with no beacon. That’s where artist Gilbert Baker came in. Baker’s iconic rainbow flag design not only filled a void, it quickly became a global symbol of LGBTQ unity and solidarity.

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