LGBT rainbow flag creator dies aged 65

LGBT rainbow flag creator dies aged 65
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Posted on 1 Apr 2017

The US artist and activist who created the LGBT rainbow flag has died.

Gilbert Baker's death at the age of 65 was announced on social media by his longtime friend, Cleve Jones.

Baker designed the rainbow flag in 1978. It has since become a global symbol for the gay community.

The original version of the flag featured eight colours: Pink, representing sexuality; red (life); orange (healing); yellow (sunlight); green (nature); turquoise (art); indigo (harmony); and violet (human spirit).

The design has been revised on numerous occasions, the most common variant being the six-stripe flag featuring red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

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