2013 Theme: Have Pride Year-Round

What is the Rainbow Flag?

The rainbow flag first appeared in 1978, when it was flown during the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, designed the rainbow flag in response to a need for a symbol that could be used year after year. Baker borrowed symbolism from the civil rights and hippie movements, and created a flag that has gained worldwide recognition. The different colors of the flag symbolize different components of the community: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for nature, blue for art, and purple for spirit. A black stripe added at the bottom symbolizes a hope for victory over AIDS.

Become an Ally!

Ally: A heterosexual or LBGT person who supports LBGT people. Someone who confronts heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia, heterosexual and genderstraight privilege in themselves and others; has a concern for the well-being of LBGT people; and a belief that heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are social justice issues.

Did You Know?

81.8% of LGBT students reported that faculty or staff never intervened or intervened only some of the time when present when homophobic remarks were made.

83.2% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed (name-calling, threats, etc.) because of their sexual orientation. 
80.6% of LGBT students reported that there were no positive portrayals of LGBT people, history, or events in any of their classes. 

Source: GLSEN 2001 National School Climate Survey of 904 students in 48 states