Why is pride a rainbow? Today this is the most common variant of the rainbow flag, with the red stripe on top, as in a natural rainbow. The various colors came to reflect both the immense diversity and the unity of the LGBTQ community. It was not until 1994 that the rainbow flag was truly established as the symbol for LGBTQ pride.
What does each color of the rainbow mean for LGBT? Each color in the flag also had a specific meaning. Hot Pink symbolizes sex. Red equals life. Orange symbolizes healing. Yellow stands for sunlight.
Where did the gay rainbow symbol come from? The rainbow flag was popularized as a symbol of the gay community by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. The different colors are often associated with “diversity” in the gay community (but actually have literal meanings).
When did rainbows become a gay symbol? The story is a touching one, involving a drag queen who would come to be known as “Busty Ross,” huge trash bins full of dye, clandestine trips to the laundromat, and the famous gay politician Harvey Milk. Gilbert Baker, an artist and drag queen, first created the Rainbow Flag in 1978.