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Gilbert Baker, designer of rainbow flag, dies

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Gilbert Baker, designer of rainbow flag, dies

<p>Gilbert Baker, the artist best known for creating the rainbow flag used to represent gay rights, has died at the age of 65.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert Baker gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship. <a href="https://t.co/titd3XZ0zD">pic.twitter.com/titd3XZ0zD</a></p>— Cleve Jones (@CleveJones1) <a href="https://twitter.com/CleveJones1/status/847915825885462529">March 31, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Jones also tweeted a photo of Baker with former President Barack Obama, inviting mourners to meet him under a rainbow flag in the Castro district of San Francisco on Friday evening to remember his friend.</p> <p>Baker, who was born in Kansas in 1951, was stationed in San Francisco in the early 1970s while serving in the US Army, at the start of the gay rights movement.</p> <p>There he began making banners for gay rights and anti-war protests, often at the request of Harvey Milk, who would become the first openly gay man elected to public office in California when he won the 1977 race for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.</p> <p>The original flag had eight colours: pink to represent sexuality; red for life; orange for healing; yellow for sunlight; green for nature; turquoise for art; indigo for harmony; and violet for the human spirit.</p> <p>It was later reduced to six colours as pink and indigo were removed.</p>