SAVE THE RAINBOW

Tracking Rainbow Flag Bans

The Gilbert Baker Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Fight Back

Add Your Town to the Map

Newberg, OR

https://katu.com/news/local/newberg-school-board-to-meet-tuesday-after-judge-finds-political-flag-ban-unconstitutional-black-lives-matter-flags-pride-sign-oregon-schools-recall-effort-yamhill-county-news

Anne Arundel County, MD

https://www.ncnewsonline.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-by-the-baltimore-sun-proposed-anne-arundel-flag-ban-a-sign-of-our-intolerant/article_44f0c644-2993-11ed-9594-6300b7487df2.html

Alabama

https://www.al.com/educationlab/2022/08/alabama-school-takes-down-pride-flags-block-lgbtq-bathroom-access-as-new-law-takes-effect.html

Newberg, OR

https://katu.com/news/local/newberg-school-board-to-meet-tuesday-after-judge-finds-political-flag-ban-unconstitutional-black-lives-matter-flags-pride-sign-oregon-schools-recall-effort-yamhill-county-news

Anne Arundel County, MD

https://www.ncnewsonline.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-by-the-baltimore-sun-proposed-anne-arundel-flag-ban-a-sign-of-our-intolerant/article_44f0c644-2993-11ed-9594-6300b7487df2.html

Alabama

https://www.al.com/educationlab/2022/08/alabama-school-takes-down-pride-flags-block-lgbtq-bathroom-access-as-new-law-takes-effect.html

The Rainbow Flag has become one of the most recognizable symbols in the world.

Gilbert Baker created the LGBTQ+ Rainbow Flag in San Francisco in 1978 to give visibility to the gay liberation movement.  Since that time it has become a symbol of pride, celebrating our lives and all the progress we’ve made.  Unfortunately, in our current era of conservative politics it has  drawn scores of detractors. We have seen a rise in people protesting and demonizing Gilbert Baker’s creation. Reactionaries in many countries, including the United States, have engineered a backlash, applying pressure on local, state and federal governments to ban flying the Rainbow Flag publicly. 

Learn how others have fought back and won here. 

To bolster their arguments, these factions create a specious argument: They compare the Rainbow Flag to offensive symbols like the Confederate or Nazi flags. 

Visibility Saves Lives

This argument is wrong on many levels. The Confederate and Nazi flags are offensive because they represent ideas that are antithetical to democracy. The Confederate Flag was flown by a seditious rebellion that attempted to overthrow the United States government and protect the rights of slaveowners. The Nazi Flag reflects a fascist regime that murdered six million Jews and hundreds of thousands of handicapped and sexual and gender minorities. The Rainbow Flag, on the other hand, is a symbol of liberation and hope. There is no similarity.

Since 1978, the Rainbow Flag has inspired sexual and gender minorities to come out proudly. When these people live in shame and fear, this oppression leads to discrimination, depression, even suicide. The Rainbow Flag, instead, urges people to demand full equality, so they can live a free and happy life.

This is why the Rainbow Flag needs to be flown in public. For this reason, the Gilbert Baker Foundation has created numerous educational projects and exhibits to showcase the flag. The Foundation donates Rainbow Flags to museums and other institutions around the world. We stipulate that these donated flags be on public display. Visibility saves lives.

As soon as you try to ban the Rainbow Flag or other beacons that celebrate sexual and gender minorities, you put those people back in their closet. You snuff their pride. You eventually extinguish their very lives.

An International Beacon

The Rainbow Flag has gained meaning beyond the LGBTQ+ community. It has international recognition and respect as a symbol of sanctuary and safe spaces. It is crucial that all public institutions be allowed to display the Rainbow Flag freely.

The White House is known around the world as a symbol of freedom and democracy. In 2015, President Barack Obama illuminated the White House in rainbow colors to let the world know that the United States stands in solidarity with sexual and gender minorities. Imagine how life-affirming this gesture was for millions globally.

Dictators also know the power of the Rainbow Flag, and that’s why they want it torn down. Earlier this year, Russia invaded Ukraine. The leader of that oppressive government, Vladimir Putin, declared that part of his motivation for invasion was the country’s LGBTQ+ organizations and Ukraine’s open display of the Rainbow Flag. Putin has vowed to “wipe the Rainbow Flag off the face of the earth”

We at the Gilbert Baker Foundation stand against homophobes when they attempt to ban the Rainbow Flag. From the Kremlin to your local city council, it is crucial to call out haters. Publicly denounce their cruelty. Their actions go against the very principles of freedom and democracy that we in America cherish. Those trying to tear down the Rainbow Flag have more terrible agendas.

Fly the Rainbow Flag openly and proudly. It embodies freedom and justice. Those who are against it oppose freedom and justice as well.

 

 

 

JOIN THE FIGHT!

1. Notify us about A FLAG BAN
Use this form to notify us about a local flag ban  (include contact info for city officials etc., if possible)

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2. Visit our toolkit page to download helpful documents.
  • Step by step instructions on how to reach out to local officials
  • Gilbert Baker Foundation statement (see below)
  • ACLU Legal Guidance (see below)
  • Logo and poster files to help create your own local resistance campaign.
  • Sample letters for local officials
3. Send us articles and links

We will spread the word through our network and share them on social media.

JOIN THE FIGHT!

1. Send us a Message
Use this form to notify us about a local flag ban  (include contact info for city officials etc., if possible)
2. Request our SAVE THE RAINBOW toolkit
  • Step by step instructions on how to reach out to local officials
  • Gilbert Baker Foundation statement (see below)
  • ACLU legal guidance
  • Logo and poster files to help create your own local resistance campaign.
  • Sample letters for local officials
3. Send us articles and links

We will spread the word through our network and share them on social media.

 

7 + 8 =

Learn how others have fought back and won here. 

The Rainbow Flag has become one of the most recognizable symbols in the world.

Gilbert Baker created the LGBTQ+ Rainbow Flag in San Francisco in 1978 to give visibility to the gay liberation movement.  Since that time it has become a symbol of pride, celebrating our lives and all the progress we’ve made.  Unfortunately, in our current era of conservative politics it has  drawn scores of detractors. We have seen a rise in people protesting and demonizing Gilbert Baker’s creation. Reactionaries in many countries, including the United States, have engineered a backlash, applying pressure on local, state and federal governments to ban flying the Rainbow Flag publicly. 

To bolster their arguments, these factions create a specious argument: They compare the Rainbow Flag to offensive symbols like the Confederate or Nazi flags. 

Visibility Saves Lives

This argument is wrong on many levels. The Confederate and Nazi flags are offensive because they represent ideas that are antithetical to democracy. The Confederate Flag was flown by a seditious rebellion that attempted to overthrow the United States government and protect the rights of slaveowners. The Nazi Flag reflects a fascist regime that murdered six million Jews and hundreds of thousands of handicapped and sexual and gender minorities. The Rainbow Flag, on the other hand, is a symbol of liberation and hope. There is no similarity.

Since 1978, the Rainbow Flag has inspired sexual and gender minorities to come out proudly. When these people live in shame and fear, this oppression leads to discrimination, depression, even suicide. The Rainbow Flag, instead, urges people to demand full equality, so they can live a free and happy life.

This is why the Rainbow Flag needs to be flown in public. For this reason, the Gilbert Baker Foundation has created numerous educational projects and exhibits to showcase the flag. The Foundation donates Rainbow Flags to museums and other institutions around the world. We stipulate that these donated flags be on public display. Visibility saves lives.

As soon as you try to ban the Rainbow Flag or other beacons that celebrate sexual and gender minorities, you put those people back in their closet. You snuff their pride. You eventually extinguish their very lives.

An International Beacon

The Rainbow Flag has gained meaning beyond the LGBTQ+ community. It has international recognition and respect as a symbol of sanctuary and safe spaces. It is crucial that all public institutions be allowed to display the Rainbow Flag freely.

The White House is known around the world as a symbol of freedom and democracy. In 2015, President Barack Obama illuminated the White House in rainbow colors to let the world know that the United States stands in solidarity with sexual and gender minorities. Imagine how life-affirming this gesture was for millions globally.

Dictators also know the power of the Rainbow Flag, and that’s why they want it torn down. Earlier this year, Russia invaded Ukraine. The leader of that oppressive government, Vladimir Putin, declared that part of his motivation for invasion was the country’s LGBTQ+ organizations and Ukraine’s open display of the Rainbow Flag. Putin has vowed to “wipe the Rainbow Flag off the face of the earth”

We at the Gilbert Baker Foundation stand against homophobes when they attempt to ban the Rainbow Flag. From the Kremlin to your local city council, it is crucial to call out haters. Publicly denounce their cruelty. Their actions go against the very principles of freedom and democracy that we in America cherish. Those trying to tear down the Rainbow Flag have more terrible agendas.

Fly the Rainbow Flag openly and proudly. It embodies freedom and justice. Those who are against it oppose freedom and justice as well.

 

 

 

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