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The History of Pride Flags: Rainbow

Pride flags are a huge part of symbolizing the LGBTQ+ community. Like all things, they have history. So we are making a series explaining all of the pride flags, what they symbolize, who they represent, and the history of them. First off is going to be the rainbow pride flag. 

The rainbow flag was the original pride flag, representing the entire LGBTQ+ community.  It was originally made by Gilbert Baker, a gay man, in 1978. It consisted of eight colors. There was pink, red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, indigo, and violet. 

Due to a shortage of fabrics such as pink and cyan, the flag was switched to the rainbow flag you might see today, consisting of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. 

Later, the Philly pride flag was created. It consists of two black and brown stripes above the rainbow to represent inclusivity and diversity. It got its name from when Philadelphia hoisted it outside of city hall for pride month.

Then, the progress flag was created, adding the colors of the trans flag to the rainbow flag. It was done to show inclusivity to the genderqueer community.

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Now, let’s get into the vexillology of the rainbow pride flag. Like all of the pride flags, each of the stripes represents something. The red represents life, the orange represents healing and friendship, the yellow represents vitality and energy, the green serenity and nature, the blue harmony and artistry, and the purple spirit and gratitude. 



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