Gilbert Baker, Creator Of The Iconic Rainbow Flag, Has Died on Friday. According to sources, Baker's death was announced on Twitter by activist and author Cleve Jones, who called him his "dearest friend in the world." "Gilbert gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship. Baker was born in Kansas in 1951 and served in the US Army from 1970 to 1972, stationed in San Francisco. After he was honorably discharged, he stayed in San Francisco and taught himself to sew. During the beginning of the gay liberation movement, Baker was tasked by friend Harvey Milk with making banners for gay and antiwar street protests. 27, Milk was assassinated, lest than a year after becoming the first openly gay elected official in the US.
Gilbert Baker's creation in the 1970s came to symbolize the LGBT rights movement. Baker was born in Kansas in 1951 and served in the US Army from 1970 to 1972, stationed in San Francisco.