Rainbow flag

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The rainbow flag
The rainbow flag has been a symbol for LGBT people since the 1970s. it originated in California. Originally it had eight stripes, but it now normally has six, representing the diversity of the LGBT community.

The different stripes are sometimes reckoned to have symbolic meaning:

  • red (representing "life")
  • orange (representing "healing")
  • yellow (representing "sunlight")
  • green (representing "nature")
  • blue (representing "art")
  • purple (or violet; representing "spirit").

The original version also had also a "hot pink" stripe representing "sexuality", and an indigo stripe representing "harmony".[1]

The rainbow flag has given rise to a number of variants for different sections of the LGBT community.

See also: trans flag.

LGBT Community Flag Gradients


  1. http://www.lambda.org/symbols.htm#Rainbow