Bryan Fischer, a Christian radio host for the American Family Association, is telling the LGBT community that the use of the rainbow flag is “…the worst example of cultural appropriation ever.” Fischer also claimed that “LGBTs stole the rainbow from God. It’s his. He invented it. Gen. 9:11-17. Give it back.”
Since there is nothing Fischer can actually do to make the international symbol for the LGBT community stop being used, the tantrum is just another rant from the conservative.
Gilbert Baker created the rainbow flag in 1978. Incidentally, the ridiculous tweet came just two days after Gilbert’s death.
In 2008 Baker spoke about how the flag came to be in an interview with the Independent. Baker told the newspaper that: “In 1978, when I thought of creating a flag for the gay movement there was no other international symbol for us than the pink triangle, which the Nazis used to identify homosexuals in concentration camps. Even though the pink triangle was and still is a powerful symbol, it was very much forced upon us. I almost instantly thought of using the rainbow. To me, it was the only thing that could really express our diversity, beauty and our joy. I was astounded nobody had thought of making a rainbow flag before because it seemed like such an obvious symbol for us.”
Baker, who was living in San Francisco at the time, was encouraged to make a symbol for the community by his friend Harvey Milk. The flag spread all across San Francisco, the country, and finally the world.
Baker told WBBM radio in 2012: “A true flag is torn from the soul of the people. A flag is something that everyone owns and that’s why they work. The rainbow flag is like other flags in that sense, it belongs to the people.”
Fischer’s angry tweet, may have seemed like the start of a new Christian movement, but in reality, the empty threat was a positive thing, it reminded the community where the symbol comes from and the amazing strides we have made under the rainbow. [CT]