Mayor Lee on the Passing of Gilbert Baker
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Gilbert Baker, the creator of the iconic and beloved rainbow flag.”
At a time of great uncertainty in the LGBT community, Gilbert’s act of sewing together multicolored materials unified and empowered individuals across the country, helping to bring them together under a common cause.
The rainbow flag is more than just a symbol. It is the embodiment of the LGBT community, and it has become a source of solace, comfort and pride for all those who look upon it. Standing side-by-side with Harvey Milk, Gilbert first raised the flag here in San Francisco, but those rainbow colors are now seen around the world.
Gilbert was a trailblazer for LGBT rights, a powerful artist and a true friend to all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. He will be missed.”
In memory of Gilbert Baker’s contributions to the LGBT community, the rainbow flag will fly at half-staff from the Mayor’s balcony.