Have you ever wondered (Or does anyone know) why rainbows represent gay and bi people?

FallenMoon's picture

I just wondered. I mean I don't know why. I would love to buy some rainbow stuff though. (If only my mom took me to the mall once in a while) But anyway, yeah does anyone know why it's rainbows?

adbak's picture


A long time ago, when the gay and lesbian community started coming together, they felt the need for a unifying symbol. Because the GLBTQ is such a diverse population, it was felt necessary to honor this. Thus the colors of the rainbow were adopted.

It's explained here and more thoroughly here.

Kai's picture


Ok this quote might be a little random but i found it a year or so ago when i asked the same question:

"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. 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.

Baker himself and thirty other volunteers hand-stitched and hand-dyed to large prototype flags for the 1978 parade. It was an immediate hit. However, when Baker took his design to the San Francisco Flag Co. to have it mass-produced for the 1979 parade, he had to remove the hot pink stripe. Baker had hand-dyed the color, and unfortunately pink was not a commercially available color. "

-from www.lambda.org/symbols.htm

Hope that helped babe! if not click the link^ above. The whole page kind of explains loads of different gay symbols and where they came from etc. ^.^



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FallenMoon's picture

Thanks you guys. ^^

Now I understand what it means. Very cool. Now I really want to buy rainbow stuff. :)

"You haven't come to terms what it means to be a lesbian." -Cece Goddard from Keeping You a Secret

Kai's picture

The weirdest rainbow thingy i

The weirdest rainbow thingy i ever got given was a sort of frendship bracelet by my totaly christian straight friend. (i still haven't explained what rainbows mean yet to her) She jsut made it for me and i was like "oh! erm...thanks" lol!



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