June 2, 1951 — March 31, 2017
Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag, died in his sleep on March 31, 2017. The rainbow flag is an enduring, internationally recognized emblem of the LGBTQ rights movement, a beautiful gift that Gilbert gave to all of us.
We had the opportunity to interview him just a month earlier, on March 1, for an upcoming episode of OutCasting. He was a sweet and generous man; many of our guests participate by telephone, but Gilbert wanted to meet and spend some time with our youth participants, and so he attended an entire session, talking with us long after we had finished recording his interview, telling about his own work in the movement and listening to the experiences of our youth. We're terribly saddened by his unexpected death, and we'll miss him.
Gilbert with OutCaster Alex in our studio, March 1, 2017
Gilbert with OutCasting youth participants in our studio, March 1, 2017
Gilbert at a demonstration outside the Stonewall Inn, February 4, 2017