The Meaning Behind the PRIDE Rainbow

31 May 2024

Pride is almost here and we’ve been thinking about the meaning behind it and what it symbolizes. Specifically, the well-known RAINBOW! The rainbow has symbolized the LGBTQIA+ community and Pride for many years, but do you actually know why?

Gilbert Baker, a gay artist, was approached by Harvey Milk to create a symbol that represents the LGBTQIA+ community, and ultimately decided on the rainbow. He wanted to make a proud statement through a symbol showing diversity and equality. Gilbert Baker thought the rainbow was the perfect symbol because it’s found in nature – and we agree!

The original LGBTQIA+ flag was made in 1978, and had eight colours including hot pink, turquoise and indigo. Today, the LGBTQIA+ flag only contains six colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. Gilbert Baker also wanted each colour to be representative of some of the many beautiful qualities of our community:

  • Red: Life
  • Orange: Healing
  • Yellow: Sunlight
  • Green: Nature
  • Blue: Harmony
  • Violet: Spirit

This beloved international symbol is immediately recognizable as a symbol of diversity, equality and of course… Pride!

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