The rainbow flag has been used as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride since 1978. The different colours symbolise diversity in the LGBT community and their colours are often used in protest marches. Although it was created in California, it is now used all over the world.
The flag was popularised in 1978 as a symbol of gay pride by its creator, Kansas-born artist Gilbert Baker. The current version consists of six stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, reproducing the order of the colours of the rainbow. However, it was later adopted as the “flag of diversity”, although members of the “LGTB collectives” emphasise its origin and identification with their cause.