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Why are rainbows associated with being gay?

Please don't turn this into an argumentative post, I'm just curious how the rainbow symbol came about as a homosexual thing. Does it represent something? Does anyone know?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:55 AM on Jun. 3, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • " Color has always played an important power in the gay right movement- Victorian England symbolized homosexuality with the color green, lavender became popular in the 1960s, and and pink from the pink triangle has caught on as well- and the colors of the gay flag were no different. Baker explained that his colors each stood for a different aspect of gay and lesbian life:

    * Hot pink for sexuality,
    * Red for life,
    * Orange for healing,
    * Yellow for the sun,
    * Green for nature,
    * Blue for art,
    * Indigo for harmony,
    * Violet for spirit.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 2:15 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • I thought rainbows where associated with lepricans and pots of gold! Dangit!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:57 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • No idea. Really wish it wasn't though. I like rainbows and would wear some of the clothing/jewlery if it didnt have the meaning.

    Answer by lstrickland at 2:01 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • yeah i also have wondered the same thing.Here in Alabama you dont see it much ,but in California i used to see cars with the rainbow stripe on the back of their car on top of the license plate.

    Answer by lhernandez7208 at 2:08 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • This is what I found when I googled it...
    "The rainbow flag has become one of the most widely used and recognized symbols of the gay pride movement. The concept of the rainbow is hardly a new one. Rainbows have used since ancient times in all kinds of cultures- Greek, African, Native American and Celtic, to name only a few. Even Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition has made use of the rainbow has a freedom symbol.

    The Rainbow Flag as we know it today was developed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. At the time, there was a need for a gay symbol which could be used year after year for the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. Baker took inspiration from many sources, from the hippies movement to the black civil rights movement, and came up with a flag with eight stripes."

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 2:15 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • And here is the link...



    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 2:16 AM on Jun. 3, 2010

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