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Rainbow Flag Creator Celebration

By Charlotte Robinson, June 07, 2017
Tom Taylor, Dr. Jerome Goldstein & the Diversity Foundation will present A Celebration of Life honoring Gilbert Baker (1951 - 2017) creator of the Rainbow Flag on Thursday June 8th at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco at 7P. Gilbert Baker died on March 31st in NYC. Baker affectionately known as “The Gay Betsy Ross” created the Rainbow Flag that has become the international symbol for our LGBTQ community. The two original flags were first unfurled at the San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Parade in 1978. They had been hand-dyed & stitched by Gilbert Baker & a group of volunteers. The flag's design stems from Baker's admiration for the universality of the rainbow as a "natural flag in the sky." Baker stated, "Our job as gay people was to come out, to be visible, to live in the truth as I say, to get out of the lie. A flag really fit that mission, because that’s a way of proclaiming your visibility, or saying, ‘This is who I am!’” Scheduled to speak at the celebration of life for Gilbert Baker are Paul Gabriel & Dr. Jerome Goldstein (co-masters of ceremonies), Mark Leno - Former State Senator and 2018 candidate for SF Mayor, Jeff Sheehy - SF Supervisor – Castro District, Cleve Jones, Members of San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus & Thrillpeddlers - SF Theatrical Troupe. The event is free & open to the public but tickets must be obtained in advance.
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