NEWS FROM THE GREEN PARTY of England and Wales LGBT GROUP
Greens celebrate 30 years of the Rainbow Flag
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Gilbert Baker’s Rainbow flag, Georgia Wrighton, Green Councillor for Hanover and Elm Grove, stated at the rainbow flag being flown from Brighton Town Hall:
“I'm delighted to see the Rainbow Flag flown on Brighton Town Hall to commemorate its 30th Anniversary. The Flag symbolises so much for the people of Brighton and Hove, and is a well-known expression of the strength behind the LGBT community both here and around the world.
“It is fantastic that we are commemorating the Flag's origins in this way, and through this kind of leadership, the Council can express its pride in the vitality and dynamism of the LGBT community in this City.”
Greens joined with other political parties in marking the 25th June and honouring the flag’s creator Gilbert Baker and all those who have maintained the spirit of Pride across the world, by holding Pride Parades in the sight of adversity.
History was made in Riga and Warsaw this year with the flying of the Rainbow flag over the British Embassies in solidarity with LGBT people and their friends and families.
This follows a letter to the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband from Caroline Lucas Green MEP for the South East of England who requested that all British Embassies be encouraged to fly the rainbow flag and take other positive actions to support Pride Parades across Europe.
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 Gilbert Baker’s rainbow flag made its first appearance in a gay pride march in 1978 in San Francisco. The stripes in Baker’s original design denoted sexuality (pink), life (red), healing (orange), sunlight (yellow), nature (green), magic (blue), serenity (indigo) and spirit (violet). The pink stripe was ejected when the flag was being mass-produced and it lost the turquoise so that an even number of stripes would be visible when hung from lamp posts.