The Original 8 Colors of the Rainbow Flag

The first rainbow flag was made in 1978. Artist Gilbert Baker created the first rainbow flag for a San Francisco march organized by Harvey Milk. ⁠

Baker's version had eight stripes rather than the six the flag carries today, and he intended each stripe to represent an aspect of the gay identity: "hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit." ⁠

Today, rainbow flags are the most common symbol at Pride parades, and parade-goers often wear bright clothes that incorporate as many different colors as possible.⁠