The original flag had eight stripes, however there have been many iterations since. Today, the most commonly used flag, created in 1979, has six stripes.
According to Baker’s estate, each stripe has a different meaning: Red represents life; orange is for healing; yellow is for sunlight; green is for nature; blue is for harmony; and purple is for spirit.
In addition to the rainbow flag, there is also a transgender flag, a bisexual flag, and a gender fluid flag, to name a few.
Loud and proud members of the LGBTQ+ community don’t just wear the rainbow flag each summer because it’s colorful and goes with everything—there’s so much more to the story than that.
While Pride month, which takes place every June, comes with fun events and parades across the globe, the celebration is deeply rooted in the civil rights struggle that activists continue to fight.