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SAVE THE RAINBOW

Resources for communities that are experiencing restrictions for flying the Rainbow Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Gilbert Baker created the LGBTQ+ Rainbow Flag in San Francisco in 1978 to celebrate visibility and power in the young gay liberation movement. In the four decades since, the flag continues to inspire the quest for LGBTQ+ equal rights across the globe.

Unfortunately, our current era of conservative politics threatens that reality. Scores of detractors have arisen to protest Gilbert Baker’s creation. Reactionaries have engineered a backlash, applying pressure on local, state and federal governments to ban flying the Rainbow Flag publicly – even in the United States.  Their faulty argument: If you fly the Rainbow Flag, why not publicly display the Confederate or Nazi flags?

Visibility Saves Lives

This argument is wrong on many levels. The Confederate and Nazi flags are offensive symbols of slavery and fascism. The Rainbow Flag is a symbol of liberation and hope.

The Rainbow Flag celebrates freedom; it inspires sexual and gender minorities to come out proudly. The Rainbow Flag saves lives. This is why the Rainbow Flag needs to be flown publicly.

To battle against the anti-flag groups, the Gilbert Baker Foundation has created numerous educational projects and exhibits to showcase the Rainbow Flag. Our latest is Save the Rainbow, a campaign to push back against town governments that are caving in to ban the Rainbow Flag.

When you ban the Rainbow Flag, you denigrate sexual and gender minorities. The message is that these people have no value. That they belong in the shadows. This leads to self-hatred and even suicide.

An International Beacon

The Rainbow Flag has gained meaning beyond the LGBTQ+ community. It reminds the rest of the world of our role as fellow citizens who deserve equal rights.

In 2015, President Barack Obama illuminated the White House in rainbow colors to tell the world that the United States supports sexual and gender minorities.

Dictators also know the power of the Rainbow Flag, and that’s why they want it torn down. When Russia invaded Ukraine, Vladimir Putin targeted the country’s LGBTQ+ organizations in his invasion and vowed to “wipe the Rainbow Flag off the face of the earth.”

Take Action: Save the Rainbow

We at the Gilbert Baker Foundation stand against homophobes who want to ban the Rainbow Flag. It is crucial to call out haters. Those trying to tear down the Rainbow Flag have more terrible agendas that will hurt us all.

Take a stand for freedom and justice. Fly the Rainbow Flag proudly. If there is a movement to ban the Rainbow Flag in your community, contact us. We are here to help.

 

 

We’re Here to Help

1. Send us a Message
Use this form to notify us about a local flag bant  (include contact info for city officials etc., if possible)

15 + 4 =

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)
  • Lambda 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. 

We’re Here to Help

1. Send us a Message
Use this form to notify us about a local flag bant  (include contact info for city officials etc., if possible)

10 + 3 =

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)
  • Lambda 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. 

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

Gilbert Baker created the LGBTQ+ Rainbow Flag in San Francisco in 1978 to celebrate visibility and power in the young gay liberation movement. In the four decades since, the flag continues to inspire the quest for LGBTQ+ equal rights across the globe.

Unfortunately, our current era of conservative politics threatens that reality. Scores of detractors have arisen to protest Gilbert Baker’s creation. Reactionaries have engineered a backlash, applying pressure on local, state and federal governments to ban flying the Rainbow Flag publicly – even in the United States.  Their faulty argument: If you fly the Rainbow Flag, why not publicly display the Confederate or Nazi flags?

Visibility Saves Lives

This argument is wrong on many levels. The Confederate and Nazi flags are offensive symbols of slavery and fascism. The Rainbow Flag is a symbol of liberation and hope.

The Rainbow Flag celebrates freedom; it inspires sexual and gender minorities to come out proudly. The Rainbow Flag saves lives. This is why the Rainbow Flag needs to be flown publicly.

To battle against the anti-flag groups, the Gilbert Baker Foundation has created numerous educational projects and exhibits to showcase the Rainbow Flag. Our latest is Save the Rainbow, a campaign to push back against town governments that are caving in to ban the Rainbow Flag.

When you ban the Rainbow Flag, you denigrate sexual and gender minorities. The message is that these people have no value. That they belong in the shadows. This leads to self-hatred and even suicide.

An International Beacon

The Rainbow Flag has gained meaning beyond the LGBTQ+ community. It reminds the rest of the world of our role as fellow citizens who deserve equal rights.

In 2015, President Barack Obama illuminated the White House in rainbow colors to tell the world that the United States supports sexual and gender minorities.

Dictators also know the power of the Rainbow Flag, and that’s why they want it torn down. When Russia invaded Ukraine, Vladimir Putin targeted the country’s LGBTQ+ organizations in his invasion and vowed to “wipe the Rainbow Flag off the face of the earth.”

 

Take Action: Save the Rainbow

We at the Gilbert Baker Foundation stand against homophobes who want to ban the Rainbow Flag. It is crucial to call out haters. Those trying to tear down the Rainbow Flag have more terrible agendas that will hurt us all.

Take a stand for freedom and justice. Fly the Rainbow Flag proudly. If there is a movement to ban the Rainbow Flag in your community, contact us. We are here to help.

 

 

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