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Happy Pride! Let's talk about the history of the rainbow

June 25, 2022 2 min read

Happy Pride! Let's talk about the history of the rainbow

Happy Pride Month, everyone! To help you get in the spirit of this excitingly queer time of year, we've put together a guide to everything you need to know about the OG Pride flags: what they mean now, then, and today.


The Gay Pride Flag

In 1978 San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed what is now known as the 'rainbow flag', something to represent the gay community during Pride month in San Francisco. 

The official gay pride flag design came together, with each colour representing the following: 

  • Red for life
  • Orange for healing
  • Yellow for sunlight
  • Green for nature
  • Blue for serenity 
  • Purple for spirit

The gay pride flag was hung from lamp posts in San Francisco during Pride and subtly hung up outside bars, homes and businesses to indicate whether a place was queer-friendly. Today, the rainbow pride flag is an iconic household symbol of the LGBTQ+ community.


The Philadelphia Diversity Pride Flag

The Philadelphia Pride flag adds two stripes, black and brown, to the rainbow flag's original six. Tierney, a Philadelphia-based public relations firm, designed the city's "More Colour, More Pride" campaign to pay tribute to the city's dedication to the QTBIPOCs community.

The flag soon became a symbol of intersectional and diversity Pride, highlighting the continued movement to bring awareness to the experiences of queer BIPOCs as it relates to both their sexual identity and racial identity. 


The Progress Pride Flag 

In addition to the rainbow colours, the Progress Pride features a white, pink, and blue triangle to represent the transgender community and a black and brown triangle to represent BIPOC groups, similar to the diversity flag. 

This Progress Pride flag was designed to take Philadelphia's inclusive approach further. Daniel Quasar, a non-binary artist, designed the flag, wanting to make sure trans, queer BIPOCs was recognised while also paying homage to those we lost to AIDS.



The gay pride flag is one of the most iconic and recognisable symbols of the LGBTQ+ community. Without the original flag, we wouldn't have the many colours representing tribes and LGBTQIA+ groups. In fact, without the original flag – we wouldn't have RCREW! 

Our Pride bracelet represents the beauty of diversity and inclusivity, as well as finding your own community. All three gay pride flags colours are available in the form of our Pride bracelets and can be worn by anyone within the LGBTQIA+ collective.

 Wear it for Pride or all year round as a subtle signalling bracelet. 

And finally, on behalf of the RCREW team, we want to wish you all a happy and safe Pride Month!

Shop our Pride bracelets:


We have an extensive collection of Pride bracelets to represent other subgroups and tribes; however, we are still adding to the collection, so be sure to give us a follow-on social media for updates!

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