Friday, June 25, 2010

somewhere over the rainbow

did you know that in the united states june has two flag days? there is june 14th, the traditional flag day and also on june 25th, there is another often overlooked flag day.

on june 25th 1978, the rainbow flag (which was designed and created by gilbert baker and jomar teng) flew for the first time in the san francisco gay freedom day parade.

according to the portal of all knowledge (pak) the original flag had eight stripes instead of the six that we most often encounter now. when baker and teng created the flag they assigned a special meaning to each color :

hot pink: sexuality
red: life
orange: healing
yellow: sunlight
green: nature
turquoise: magic/art
indigo: serenity/harmony
violet: spirit

given the meanings, I think maybe we should return to an eight color flag!! afterall, what's life without sexuality, magic and art!

somewhere over the rainbow (click to view legendary clip, embedding disabled)


PattiKen said...

I totally agree. Thanks for the history lesson. I didn't know that the colors had significance other that to support diversity.

karen said...

Yeah..I definitely agree. Besides it looks prettier with all the colors. I didn't have a clue about the color meanings until this post... so thanks.

Merle Sneed said...

Thanks for the vid. I love that song.

Steve Reed said...

Hmmmm...who knew?

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I didn't know anything about the meanings behind the colors! Great post :)

Gary said...

I had no idea! Thanks for sharing this information. Now I just need to slip it into casual conersation so I can appear smart. Haha. xoxo

Alan Burnett said...

I didn't even know there was one flag day, never mind two. Over here nobody is quite sure what our flag is - which, I must confess, is the way I like it.