RIP Gilbert Baker (Post Scriptum)
Gilbert Baker supposedly “designed” the rainbow flag in 1978 (San Francisco) to represent the “tribe” of homosexuality. While I am in full support of equal rights and treatment of LGBT (and everyone else too) you just can’t claim all the colors! (and pink too!) That’s not how we share. Especially when you are claiming something that doesn’t really belong to you in the first place.
The first rainbow flag was used by German preacher and theologian Thomas Müntzer (ca. 1505) by his people’s movement in defiance of both Catholicism, Lutheranism and late-feudal authority in central Germany. In the German Peasants’ War of the 16th century, the rainbow flag was used as a symbol of social change.
It was also the official flag of the ICA (International Co-operation Alliance). A Bern based organisation for global co-operation from 1925 up until 2001 when they had to change it because the gays stole all the colors.
The rainbow was also used in a peace march in 1961 in Italy and is still a symbol of Peace there today.
Thomas Paine, the American writer and revolutionary wanted the rainbow flag be used at sea to signify neutral ships in time of war. (True story)
It is also the national flag of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast. A tiny Russian created Jewish Jerusalem like state on the border of Russia and China. It’s real I tell you!
The rainbow flag has also been the regional flag of the modern Incan cultures of South America for some time now.
My point is (besides the fact the Baker actually “claimed” rather than “designed” anything) that maybe every “tribe” should settle for just one color to represent their cause. That way there’s plenty of rainbow left for the rest of us.