Small, but OH MY!
1,9 x 1,3 cm, metal.
The colorfulness of the rainbow flag expresses the diversity of gender? This is only half the truth since the rainbow flag has a turbulent history and every every color its special meaning. Here is the story.
Harvey Milk asked Gilbert Baker to create a symbol of pride for the community. Baker decided to go for a eight-colored rainbow: Hot pink stood for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise blue for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit. But when the flag went into mass production there was no hot pink available – which led to a seven-striped flag. And when the now seven-colored rainbow flag was flown along both sides of 1979’s Gay Freedom Day Parade it was split in half. Three and four? To make it neat and even indigo had to go. That is why the rainbow flag nowadays has often six and sometimes eight stripes.
So the rainbow flag is not just a colorful piece of fabric. It is full of history. As Baker said: “The flag is an action – it’s more than just the cloth and the stripes. When a person puts the Rainbow Flag on his car or his house, they’re not just flying a flag. They’re taking action.” Take action, pin it!