About the rainbow (LGBTQ) flag

The Rainbow flag or Pride flag of the LGBT community (also known as the gay pride flag) is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements in use since the 1970s.

The colours reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride in LGBT rights marches.

It originated in the United States, but is now used worldwide. Designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, the design has undergone several revisions to first remove then re-add colours due to widely available fabrics.

As of 2008, the most common variant consists of six stripes, with the colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.

The flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow.

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