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First Rainbow Flag Philly Exhibit

By Charlotte Robinson, June 25, 2018
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will install a colorful Rainbow Flag that will be on display from June 26th to July 8th 2018 to commemorate this widely recognized design that was created by Gilbert Baker, affectionately known as “the Gay Betsy Ross.” In 1978 thirty volunteers led by American artist Gilbert Baker (1951–2017) hand-dyed & stitched the two original rainbow flags at San Francisco’s Gay Community Center. On June 25th of 1978 the flags were raised at the United Nations Plaza during the San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Freedom Day Parade to highlight the LGBTQ struggle for civil rights. Since then the flag design has become an internationally recognized symbol of LGBTQ pride. This Wednesday June 27th from 6P to 6:30P museum officials will also present a public program where they will discuss the design with the public. Philadelphia Voices of Pride will perform & representatives of the Gilbert Baker Foundation will unfurl another Rainbow Flag along with Amber Hikes, Executive Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia. The flag that will be installed in Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Gallery 124 & is on loan from a private collection. Fishtown-based & LGBTQ-owned Cake Life has created a 40th Anniversary cake & cupcakes for Wednesday’s Rainbow Flag Celebration. Visitors can also explore the Museum collection guided by Qunify or fashion flags of their own with fiber artist Amy Cousins. Wednesday Nights admission is Pay-What-You-Wish.
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