|Gay Furry Pride Flag
||[Oct. 25th, 2012|08:35 am]
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The original gay-pride flag was hand-dyed by Gilbert Baker. It flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25,1978. The flag consisted of eight stripes; Baker assigned specific meaning to each of the colors: sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic/art, serenity/harmony, spirit.
After the November 27, 1978, assassination of openly gay San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk, demand for the rainbow flag greatly increased. To meet demand, the Paramount Flag Company began selling a version of the flag consisting of seven stripes. As baker ramped up production of his version of the flag, he too dropped the hot-pink stripe because of the unavailability of hot-pink fabric. In 1979 the flag was modified again. When hung vertically from the lamp posts of San Francisco's Market Street, the center strip was obscured by the post itself. Changing the flag design to one with an even number of stripes was the easiest way to rectify this, so the turquoise stripe was dropped, which resulted in a six stripe version of the flag. For the 1994 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots flag creator Baker was commissioned to create the world's largest rainbow flag. The flag utilized the basic six colors and measured thirty feet wide. In 2003 Baker was again commissioned to produce a giant flag. In this case it marked the 25th anniversary of the flag itself. Dubbed "25Rainbow Sea to Sea" the project entailed Baker again working with teams of volunteers but this flag utilized the original eight colors and measured a mile-and-a-quarter (2km) across Key West, Florida from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf Coast Sea. During the gay pride Celebrations in June of 2003, Gilbert Baker restored the rainbow flag back to its original eight-striped version and has since advocated that others do the same.