Fashion History Mystery #20: History of the Pride Flag


Gilbert Baker led the team that created the first rainbow Pride flag for the Gay Freedom Day Parade in 1978. Here he is seen with a 1.25 mile long version of the flag created for PrideFest Key West in 2003. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

It's World Pride month and all things rainbow! This week's minisode discusses the origin of the multicolored pride flag emblazoned upon innumerable garments to be worn this month.

Additional Reading

  • Baker, Gilbert. Rainbow Warrior: My LIfe in Color. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2019.