Very sad news, Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag, has died at 65.
Baker created the flag for the 1978 Pride march in San Francisco, known then as the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
Activist Cleve Jones posted the sad news to Facebook, writing: “I am heartbroken. My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship. I can’t stop crying. I love you forever Gilbert Baker.”
Jones has tweeted that there will be a gathering under the large rainbow flag at Castro and Market Streets in San Francisco at 7 pm tonight.
San Francisco friends, meet me under Gilbert’s flag tonight 7pm Castro/Market. pic.twitter.com/yPCk4jrXBX
— Cleve Jones (@CleveJones1) March 31, 2017