The Rainbow Flag: Bright, Bold, and Beautiful in color
Today the Rainbow Flag is a familiar sight, at the Pride Parade and around the world. But it is not only a universal symbol; it is also a brilliant object of design that is part of the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, in New York.This story, based on true events, follows the birth of the idea and the collaborative creation of the flag and, above all,
demonstrates the strength and ingenuity possible when a group of people—friends, community, neighbors, and family—take a stand for civil rights and l-o-v-e.
I helped acquire the Rainbow Flag for the Museum’s design collection, and based this book on extensive interviews with its designer, Gilbert Baker, before his death in 2017. The story–beautifully illustrated by SF-based artist Kat Kuang–follows Gilbert and his friends as they dye and sew the strips of cloth to create the now iconic rainbow flag for the Pride Parade in 1978.