Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pride Flag

Pride FlagPride Flag. Taken at the Collegiate School, 260 W 78th St, New York, NY 10024. This flag displayed on the gate to the church "Open and Inclusive" on Westend Avenue.
The rainbow flag, sometimes called 'the freedom flag', was popularized as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and diversity by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978.

Originally created with eight colors, pink and turquoise were removed for production purposes and as of 2008, it consists of six colored stripes, which should always be displayed with red on top or to left.

The colors were designed to symbolize: red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), blue (harmony), and purple/violet (spirit). The removed colors stood for sex (pink) and art/magic (turquoise). It is most commonly flown with the red stripe on top, as the colours appear in a natural rainbow.

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