What does the rainbow flag mean? The rainbow flag is universally recognized as the symbol for LGBTQ+ pride.
The flag was originally created by Gilbert Baker, a renowned San Francisco activist, and was flown for the first time at the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Celebration. The rainbow was used to represent all genders, races, and stands for “the rainbow of humanity”.
Each color of the rainbow flag, which there are six, represent a different aspect of the LGBTQ+ movement including life, healing, sunlight, nature, serenity, and spirit. Some say the flag also signifies power, rebellion, and hope. There are more than 30 Pride Flags today, each having their own special meaning to those in the LGBTQ+ community.