The Green Stripe: Pride & Nature

Happy Pride! There are six colors on the iconic pride flag, and today we'll uncover the meaning behind one of them. Can you guess which one? You got it: green!

The pride flag is adorned with the six colors of the rainbow. With an iconic design that has been at the forefront of LGBTQ activism movements since the 1970s, it's easy to forget its origin. But what is the history behind the flag, its creator, and its colors? 

Film: Humans of Pride (2019)

(Kevin Coop, USA, 2019)

The official documentary of World Pride 2019, Humans of Pride, is being created by 30 volunteers from around the world. They will be ascending upon the WorldPride celebrations in New York City this year, under the direction of Producer Kevin Coop, to tell the story of what goes into the making of Pride.

The film will also give us a glimpse into the mind of the original gay pride flag artist, Gilbert Baker. Back in 1978, Baker created the rainbow flag to represent gay pride. Most importantly, he designed the flag to be visible - using bright colors and a recognizable rainbow pattern. The key to freedom, for Gilbert, was to be seen. 

And seen it was. All month long during Pride, dozens of pride flags line Sheridan Square by the Stonewall Inn, where the gay pride movement began, and are also hung in storefronts and on homes. The icon lets people know they are safe. They are home. 

But what about the colors themselves? Each one was adorned with a specific meaning that upheld the values of gay rights activism. Hot pink is used to praise sexuality. Orange, healing. Indigo represents serenity/harmony. And the center stripe? Green represents nature

The beauty of pride - celebrating love, humanity, and acceptance of and for everybody - is intrinsically tied with nature. To openly express and share one's sexuality is natural. To be gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or transgender is natural. To love and be loved by others is natural. Our earth, its resources, its healing and feeding capabilities, are all apart of the pride movement's overarching goal for peace, love, and equality. For humans and the planet earth alike.

For Gilbert Baker, nature sat at the core of his movement. The green stripe in the center of his timeless flag will ensure that we never forget it. 

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