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The rainbow flag was popularized as a symbol of lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and diversity by San Francisco artist
Gilbert Baker in 1978.
The different colors symbolize diversity in the gay community, and the flag is
used predominantly at gay pride events and in gay villages worldwide in various
forms including banners, clothing and jewelry. For the 25th Anniversary of the
Stonewall riots, held in 1994 in New York city, a mile-long rainbow flag was
created and post-parade cut up in sections that have since been used around the
The flag was originally created with eight colors, but pink and turquoise were
removed for production purposes, and since 1979 it has consisted of six colored
stripes. It is most commonly flown with the red stripe on top, as the colors
appear in a natural rainbow. Aside from the obvious symbolism of a mixed LGBT
community, the colors were designed to symbolize: life (red), healing (orange),
sunlight (yellow), nature (green), harmony (blue), and spirit (purple/violet).The
removed colors stood for sexuality (pink) and art/magic (turquoise).
Philadelphia Pride Flag
On June 8, 2017, the city of Philadelphia adopted a revised version of the flag.
The design adds black and brown stripes to the top of the standard six-color
flag, "to highlight black and brown LGBTQIA members within the city's
From The City of Philadelphia
For immediate release: June 08, 2017 Published by: Office of the Mayor
City and Office of LGBT Affairs Kick-Off Pride Month with Celebration Party and
New Pride Flag
Philadelphia – Today, Mayor Jim Kenney joined Amber Hikes, Office of LGBT
Affairs Director, and members of the Mayors Commission on LGBT Affairs, at a
kick-off celebration for LGBTQ Pride Month 2017. The celebration featured the
unveiling of a new LGBTQ pride rainbow flag that includes the colors brown and
“Today’s event is historic on so many levels. This new flag is making its world
debut right here in Philadelphia at City Hall,” said Amber Hikes, Office of LGBT
Affairs Director. “We’re proud to host this celebration for the community to
come together not just for Pride, but also to reinforce our strides towards
combating discrimination within our community, honor the lives of our black and
brown LGBTQ siblings, and uplift our shared commitment to diversity and
inclusion within our community.”
“I’m proud to join the LGBTQ community in the fight for justice, equality and
stand in solidarity with all members of the LGBTQ Community,” said Mayor Kenney.
“Together, we celebrate the history, contributions and influences the spectrum
of the LGBTQ community has on Philadelphia, and this nation, as a whole.”
The Office of LGBT Affairs partnered with Tierney, a Philadelphia-based
advertising and PR agency, to launch a new inclusivity campaign, #MoreColorMorePride.
The agency designed the new pride flag by adding two new colors, black and
brown, to the iconic rainbow pride flag that was designed as a symbol of unity
by the late Gilbert Baker nearly 40 years ago. The flag was raised by community
members at the celebration, and will be flown during the month of June.
“The rainbow flag is an iconic symbol of the LGBTQ community. In the spirit of
Gilbert Baker’s original design, we believe that adding black and brown to this
historic flag will fuel a continuing dialogue about diversity in a community
that celebrates inclusion, and help to acknowledge the contributions people of
color make every day,” said Patrick Hardy, Tierney EVP, ECD.
This year, the city and Office of LGBT Affairs is celebrating those who are too
often left out of narratives about the LGBTQ experience, particularly
highlighting people of transgender/gender nonconforming experience, youth, and
people of color for their countless contributions to the LGBTQ liberation
movement from its origins to present day.
The Pride month kick-off reflects this focus by featuring speakers and leaders
that have helped advance the fight for inclusion in the LGBTQ community, as well
as a diverse and vibrant line-up of artists and entertainers including spoken
word poet, Wordz, singer Kaleia Brown and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus.
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