Apr 01, 2017

LGBT rainbow flag creator no more

Gilbert Baker, the San-Francisco-based artist who created the rainbow flag as a symbol for the gay community, has died aged 65, US media report.

The San Francisco Chronicle said Mr Baker died in his sleep at his home in New York on Thursday night.

He initially designed an eight-colour flag in 1978 for the city's gay freedom day, the precursor to the modern pride parade.

Mr Baker's original flag had eight colours, each representing a different aspect of humanity. Later, it was reduced to six stripes, removing pink and indigo, and swapping blue for turquoise.