LGBT rainbow flag designer dies

  • 01/04/2017
Gilbert Baker (Getty)
Gilbert Baker (Getty)

The man who designed the iconic gay rights rainbow flag has died.

Gilbert Baker, 65, came up with the flag in the late 1970s when he was tasked by activist and politician Harvey Milk to make banners for street protests in San Francisco.

His death was announced on social media by AIDS activist Cleve Jones.

"My dearest friend in the world is gone," he wrote. "Gilbert Baker gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me 40 years of love and friendship."

Mr Baker designed a number of different rainbow flags of varying colours and number of stripes. The most common nowadays has six colours, first losing the "hot pink" stripe because of its cost, and the indigo stripe in 1979.

The National Party recently unveiled a rainbow version of its logo to celebrate the quashing of historic gay convictions.