Sri Lanka’s link to gay pride flag

ECONOMYNEXT – The man who created the Rainbow flag, which instantly appears identical to the Cooperative Society standard used in Sri Lanka too, has died in San Francisco, at the age of 65.

American artist Gilbert Baker came up with the iconic eight-coloured banner for San Francisco’s 1978 gay freedom day, a precursor to the modern pride festival, having taught himself to sew in his 20s.

However, the flag of Sri Lanka’s Co-Op movement which began in 1906 has seven stripes and only lacks the hot pink line that Baker added almost four decades ago.

Baker, born in Kansas in 1951, served for two years in the army, according to his website, and was stationed him in San Francisco just as the gay liberation movement was gathering momentum.

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