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How the rainbow flag become a symbol of the LGBTQIA+ community

Posted on AllSides June 5th, 2024
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The iconic rainbow Pride flag, often seen adorning homes, businesses, and car bumpers worldwide, is much more than a colorful display. It stands as a vibrant testament to LGBTQIA+ pride, a symbol of safe spaces, and an emblem of unwavering support. “The LGBTQ+ community exists everywhere—exemplified by the rainbow,” says Robert Kesten, executive director of the Stonewall Museum. When was the rainbow flag first waved? In preparation for the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978, California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, commissioned...

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