Gilbert Baker, the San-Francisco-based artist who created the rainbow flag as a symbol for the gay community in 1978, has died at age 65. Mr Baker died peacefully in his sleep in his New York home on Thursday evening. A candlelight vigil is planned in San Francisco on Friday evening.
Baker original design, an eight-colors flag, was created for the San Francisco's Gay Freedom Day, the precursor to the modern Pride Parade. Many have shown their respects including Activist Cleve Jones and Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Mr Baker's original flag represented different aspects of humanity:
Gilbert was recently portrayed in the ABC mini-series "When We Rise" based on the book by Baker's friend, Cleve Jones.
A candlelit vigil is planned on Castro and Market in San Francisco for 7:00 p.m. beneath Gilbert's flag.