COLORADO SPRINGS – At Colorado Springs City Hall this morning, a portion of the historic Rainbow25 flag was displayed outside the building in honor of the lives lost, injured and a community affected by Saturday’s Club Q shooting.
The 10:00 a.m. event at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada, is open to the public and will feature several speakers.
The 14′ by 25′ ‘Sacred Cloth’ Pride Flag is a portion of the historic flag sewn by Gilbert Baker in 2003 to mark the 25th anniversary of his 1978 creation of the original pride flag.
The original was 1.25 miles long for an exhibit in Key West, Florida. It features 8 colors, compared to the 6 more commonly used today. After the screening, it was divided into sections, with section 93 proclaimed the ‘Sacred Cloth’.
It is displayed in Orlando, Florida after the 2016 Pulse nightclub shootings and returns to the city each year on the anniversary of the attack.
“As Colorado Springs mourns, we are encouraged that this historic flag has been offered for display,” said Jessie Pocock (She/Her), Executive Director and CEO of Inside Out Youth Services in a press release. “We are grateful for this incredible demonstration of compassion.”
What is the story behind the Pride Flag?
During Pride Month, it’s not uncommon for the rainbow flag to be proudly displayed as a symbol of the LGBT+ rights movement, but how did that flag become a symbol of pride?
June has long been recognized as LGBTQ pride month, honoring the Stonewall Riots, which occurred in June 1969 in New York City. Gilbert Baker, an openly gay man, designed the first rainbow flag. Baker was urged by Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the US, to create a symbol of pride for the gay community.
Baker decided to turn that symbol into a flag because he saw flags as the most powerful symbol of pride.
The very first rainbow pride flag was designed and handcrafted by Baker and a group of volunteers in 1978 for the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco. Only in 1994 did the rainbow flag become a true symbol of pride.
Now the rainbow flag is an international symbol and proudly waves all over the world.
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