NEW YORK CITY: Tribute March And Rally For Late Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker Set For June 14th

Via press release:

Friends and family of the late Gilbert Baker will hold an activist march and rally against LGBT oppression in memory of the world-renowned artist who created The Rainbow Flag, the international symbol of LGBT pride and liberation.

Baker, a lifelong LGBT and social justice activist, died suddenly March 31 in his Manhattan home. He was 65. The political march and rally “Raise the Rainbow!” will take place, appropriately, on Flag Day, which is Wednesday, June 14, from 6:00 to 9:00pm. “Raise the Rainbow!” is a public event open to all.

Attendees are invited to bring their own rainbow-themed banners, art pieces and protest signs. The event begins at 6:00pm with a rally at the Stonewall Inn, the bar whose 1969 riots sparked the modern LGBT movement.

Stonewall is located at 53 Christopher Street. Speakers will celebrate the life, art and radical legacy of Gilbert Baker through personal recollections, resistance speeches and Baker’s own political speeches. At 8:00pm, participants will march down Christopher Street to Christopher Street Pier, carrying banners created by Gilbert Baker. They will raise a Rainbow Flag and call for a rededication to progressive and radical activism, completing the tribute at 9:00pm.

A celebration of Gilbert Baker in San Francisco, his home for decades and the site of the creation of the Rainbow Flag in 1978, will happen Thursday, June 8, at 7:00pm at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. People globally are urged to hold their own protests and memorials.

The Facebook page for both tributes is here.

  • Dejerrity Mycron

    I’m feelin the colors. RIP, brother.

  • JoeMyGod

    I’ll be there!

    • Dejerrity Mycron

      Me too !!

  • bkmn
    • Gustav2

      “Disrespecting Old Glory turning Flag Day into [email protected] Day.”

      • bkmn

        Don’t you mean “Disrespecting Old Gloryholes, etc.”?

  • netxtown

    I can’t be there – but you can bet I’ll raise his flag!

  • I’ve never been a big fan of the rainbow flag.

    • Capritaur

      Like it or not, it has been cemented as the international symbol of the LGBT community and movement, and at this point in history, like most established symbols, disagreement with the design choice is largely moot.

      • Sure, but I can still express an opinion about it without the expectation I’m going to change the world with 10 words in a comment section.

        • Capritaur

          Who was keeping you from expressing your opinion?

          • I didn’t say there was any attempt to prevent me from expressing it.

    • Hank

      Out of curiosity why not??

      • I just don’t find it all that attractive. The natural occurrence of rainbows is pretty, but otherwise I don’t care for the colors all together.

        • In a way I understand. But that banner, like it or not, is universally recognized as representing the LGBT community. No point in replacing it out of aesthetic considerations.

          • I’m not sure why my saying “I’m not a big fan” of the rainbow flag has been translated into some crusade against it. It’s not even a strong opinion.

  • Natty Enquirer

    How sad and twisted that the rainbow should be appropriated to represent a sick and perverted lifestyle. Everyone knows the rainbow is God’s promise that he will never again* murder 999/1000 of humanity out of disgust.

    *Well, probably. God can do whatever he wants.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Is Trump going to show up and insist upon being on the first float so he can throw campaign hats to the crowd?

    • Hank

      I do not think you can find WHEELS big enough for a float for Hair Drumpf!!!

      • Lars Littlefield

        OK. How about a Mag Lev affair that floats him above ground, similar to Jabba the Hut?

  • pch1013

    OT, but I was at “Flagging in the Park” in SF yesterday and there was a handsome bearish gent in a JMG t-shirt.

    Hi there! 🙂

  • Hank
  • Daniel Bergerac

    For info and to get tickets for the Castro event

  • witch

    Will be with them in spirit

  • TheSeer

    The most beautiful flag in the history of mankind. Thank you Gilbert. Rest in peace.

  • Charlie 2001

    Speaking of marches, I wonder if anything is planned for Stonewall 50. That is something more organized than just posting something on Facebook.

  • houstonray

    One of my favorite pictures using the flag. And I too think of Gilbert. What a beautiful legacy you have left behind, for generations. I hope that one day, a Pride flag will be planted on the moon and beyond.