The LGBTQ rainbow is the most recognizable symbol of the LGBTQ community today. It has changed dramatically since its first hand-dyed creation by Gilbert Baker and his boyfriend Jomar Teng in the 1970s. The original version of the flag had eight colours, each of which stood for concepts including healing, sunlight, nature, and spirit. Since then, the now-common six colour flag is only one of many variations, all of which symbolize the diversity and inclusiveness of the LGBT movement.
Gilbert Baker himself encouraged the LGBT community to continue to remake the flag for ourselves. He once wrote, “In my view the rainbow flag is unfinished, as the movement it represents, an arc that begins well before me, its breadth far broader than all of our experiences put together, reaching the farthest corners of the world with a message of solidarity and a beacon of hope for those who follow in our footsteps.” The Revel & Riot version, in the shape of a mountain, is meant to remind us of our long and continuing struggle for LGBTQ equality. We celebrate our victories but remember that there is more mountain to climb as we fight for justice. A shirt to show pride and solidarity, it’s perfect for the community and allies alike. Get the LGBTQ Rainbow Mountain t-shirt in our shop!