Gilbert Baker

Amazing images of the rainbow flag around the world

Created by Gilbert Baker in 1978, it was first used in the San Francisco gay freedom day that year.

To mark the artist's death, Newsbeat explores how the flag has been used across the world as a symbol of pride, celebration and protest.


Gilbert Baker, LGBT rainbow flag creator, dies aged 65

The San Francisco Chronicle said Mr Baker died in his sleep at his home in New York on Thursday night.

He initially designed an eight-colour flag in 1978 for the city's gay freedom day, the precursor to the modern pride parade.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Friday evening in San Francisco.

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black tweeted: "Rainbows weep. Our world is far less colourful without you, my love. Gilbert Baker gave us the rainbow flag to unite us. Unite again."