A woman who helped create the first rainbow flags is coming forward to tell her story and ensure her involvement, and that of another artist, is not lost to history. The now iconic six-colored rainbow flag was first flown under a different design 40 years ago at the 1978 Pride parade and celebration in San Francisco. Over the decades since, Gilbert Baker has been credited as the rainbow flag's sole creator. Lynn Segerblom doesn't deny that it was Baker who was instrumental in turning the rainbow flag into a global symbol for LGBT people. But in a first person account published in early March in the Los Angeles Blade LGBT newspaper and in a yet-to-be-released documentary, Segerblom contends the first rainbow flags were collaboratively designed and made by herself, Baker, and their friend James McNamara, who died of AIDS in 1999.
March 29 / Bay Area Reporter