Gilbert Baker, a longtime gay rights activist and the creator of the gay pride flag recently passed away at the of 65. In the mid-1970s, gay activists, including California’s first openly gay public official Harvey Milk, were brainstorming designs to represent their movement. In 1978, Baker designed and sewed what is now recognized as the rainbow gay pride flag. His original design had eight stripes including pink and turquoise, which he later removed because those fabrics were more expensive. Baker created this design hoping it would represent the diversity of the LGBTQ community, and his lasting legacy will continue to forever symbolize hope and love.