Remembering Gilbert Baker

3 Apr

Sadly, we lost Gilbert Baker on March 30, he was only 65. Baker was a gay rights activist who designed the now iconic rainbow gay pride flag in 1978. As a gay queer man, I knew that if I saw this flag in a store front or in neighborhoods, it meant I would be safe and welcomed there.

I have included this comic strip by my husband, Robert, as it does a marvelous job of providing the history of Gilbert’s journey in designing the Pride Flag–a piece of history that is worth knowing, remembering, and celebrating.

Farewell, Gilbert Baker — a pioneer in pride and celebration!

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11 Responses to “Remembering Gilbert Baker”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW April 3, 2017 at 6:50 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 3, 2017 at 6:53 am #

      Nancy, thank you for being such a fierce ally! Thank you also for reblogging this story! Peace, Michael.

  2. Dr. Rex April 3, 2017 at 8:11 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Rest in Pride! 🏳️‍🌈

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 3, 2017 at 8:26 am #

      Thank you for reblogging this, Dr. Rex. In love and in solidarity, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex April 3, 2017 at 8:27 am #

        You’re most welcome!! Hugs, dear friend … yes, in love and solidarity!!

  3. bevanyardleigh April 3, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    Thank you for sharing this story. I’m sorry to hear of Mr. Baker’s untimely passing, but delighted to know more about this iconic image’s history. The cartoon is a lovely way to tell the story.

  4. Christine Noble April 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

    Kind of ashamed I did not know who Mr. Baker was before he passed.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

      And how lovely that you know who he was and his legacy! You are a gem of a human being, Christine. I am always grateful I know you!

  5. bone&silver April 21, 2017 at 3:51 am #

    Thank you for honouring such a man and his creation in such a cute way. Loved the comic 🙂 And what an incredible legacy to leave behind: our beautiful rainbow flag (which is even now an Emoji- I bet he never expected that!) Blessings from Australia 🙂

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 21, 2017 at 5:59 am #

      Love hearing representation from Australia. Thank you for your comments here! 🙂 I hope others will also honor Baker. Peace, Michael.

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