American artist and activist Gilbert Baker (Gilbert Baker) who created the symbol of the LGBT movement, the rainbow flag, died on the 66th year of life. On Friday, March 31, wrote on Twitter his old friend — a musician and gay activist Cleve Jones (Cleve Jones).
Cleve Jones (@CleveJones1)
31 March 2017, 20:57
“My dear the light’s gone. Gilbert Baker gave the world the rainbow flag; to me he gave forty years of love and friendship, — said in the recording.
According to Reuters, details about the cause and circumstances of his death are not yet available. On his official website stated that the last few months he lived in new York.
Gilbert Baker was born on 2 Jun 1961 in Kansas. He has developed the design of the rainbow flag (also known as the pride flag or the flag of freedom) for the city’s gay pride in 1978. As a symbol of the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people raised on 25 June of the same year, and then he became an international symbol of the gay activists and the movement in support of their rights.
Traditionally, the flag consists of six longitudinal stripes, the colors of which are arranged in the same order as in the natural rainbow. The flag is used in public gay actions, hung out in gay neighborhoods, LGBT organizations, gay-friendly establishments.