LGBT Network CEO Dr. David Kilmnick on the Passing of Iconic Gay Pride Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker

In response to the passing of Gilbert Baker, gay rights activist and the creator of the rainbow flag, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Network CEO Dr. David Kilmnick, issued the following statement:

 “Gilbert Baker was a pioneer in the gay rights movement. The rainbow flag he created in 1978 remains the worldwide symbol for gay pride and the LGBT community. Having known Gilbert for several decades, his passion and dedication to the LGBT community and civil rights movement was second to none. He helped Long Island native Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person elected to public office, with banners and flags that helped to frame the message for the LGBT community as one of hope and change. With Gilbert’s passing, there are candlelight vigils being held all over the United States and at our four LGBT Centers in New York City and Long Island we will be hanging the iconic flag at half mass. Not only did Gilbert help the LGBT movement, he also served as veteran of the US Army. It is a great loss to the LGBT community and all Americans and he will be greatly missed, but leaves us with a symbol of unity and pride that will carry on forever.”