Reuters “Gilbert Baker, inventor of gay rights rainbow flag, dies aged 65” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/31/gilbert-baker-rainbow-flag-inventor-gay-rights-dies
“My dearest friend in the world is gone. Clive Baker gave the world the rainbow flag, he gave me forty years of love and friendship,” Cleve Jones, a longtime friend, said on Twitter.
Baker, who was born in Kansas in 1951, was stationed in San Francisco in the early 1970s while serving in the US Army, at the start of the gay rights movement.
According to the website biography Baker began making banners for gay rights and anti-war protests, often at the request of Harvey Milk, who would become the first openly gay man elected to public office in California when he won the 1977 race for a seat on the San Francisco board of supervisors.
Milk rode under the first rainbow flags made by Baker at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in June 1978, just months before the politician was murdered by a former city supervisor, the biography says.
Erin Allday “Gilbert Baker, designer of the rainbow flag, dead at 65” http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Gilbert-Baker-designer-of-the-rainbow-flag-dies-11042312.php