Knowing who designed it, sewed it, lived it; makes it all the more glorious. Their drag name was Butsy Ross. For a short time, he was a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence. A lucky Vet who served the U.S. Army tour in San Francisco during the Vietnam War. He was out and honorably discharged long before DADT. His all-star vocation was vexillography. He was our vexillohogist.
There is so much to be proud of when you see a Rainbow Flag. As you visit the sites of The Arts Council for Long Beach’s Rainbow Heroes murals, celebrating the Elder Queers of Long Beach, know that Gilbert Baker loved being gay, he was a brave public activist through the AIDS crisis, he gave all of us this cloak of unity, instant recognition and joy.
Originally, the flag was 8 colors. Shortly after it’s debut, hot pink and turquoise were discarded due to fabric supply and display issues.
1979, the standard Gay Flag, steadied at 6 colors. The meaning of each, Life, Healing, Sunlight, Nature, Serenity, and Spirit.