Celebrating Gilbert Baker

2 Jun

As we are getting our month long celebration of Gay/Queer Pride month going, I want to celebrate and remember Gilbert Baker, who was born on June 2, 1951.

Sadly, we lost Gilbert Baker on March 30, 2017, 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!  Happy Pride to the entire Queer Communi

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6 Responses to “Celebrating Gilbert Baker”

  1. Lori Schmidt June 2, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    What a wonderful tribute!

    On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 2:37 PM, Social Justice For All wrote:

    > Michael Hulshof-Schmidt posted: “As we are getting our month long > celebration of Gay/Queer Pride month going, I want to celebrate and > remember Gilbert Baker, who was born on June 2, 1951. Sadly, we lost > Gilbert Baker on March 30, 2017, he was only 65. Baker was a gay rights > activist w” >

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 3, 2018 at 7:39 am #

      Thanks, Mom. I know it could not have been easy having to watch me as a gay/queer youth who spent an enormous amount of time crying because of fear and the lack of resources to understand how to navigate.

  2. Diane June 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

    Michael it’s been a long time but I have missed you and hope you and your partner and the Giant agave are doing well. I enjoy your writing too. Diane Yoder

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 3, 2018 at 7:41 am #

      Hi Diane, thank you for your comment here. I hope you are well and thriving. Yes, Robert and I are doing quite well after a very difficult year of navigating my health challenges. Peace to you!

  3. BeerBanker June 2, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

    Nice bit of history. Thanks for the lesson !!

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