Draped in rainbow colours, raipurs lgbtqia community organised a gay pride a year ago today. milk went on to ride under the original, eight-striped rainbow pride flag at the san francisco gay freedom day parade in june 1978, just months before he was assassinated. with the help of close to 30 volunteers working in the attic of the gay community center in san francisco, baker was able to construct the first draft of the now world-renowned rainbow flag. The rainbow flag, which has become a universal symbol of hope for lgbtq people around the world, first flew in san franciscos united nations plaza for gay pride day, on june 25, 1978. rainbow flags was first flown at the 1978 gay freedom day parade in san francisco, and they quickly became the most popular symbol of gay pride. In 1994 baker created the history making, mile-long rainbow flag for stonewall 25 in new york to mark the 25th anniversary of the gay civil rights movement. The guinness book of world records recognized the mile-long stonewall 25 rainbow flag as the worlds largest flag. an alternative origin? Regarding the gay pride rainbow flag, there was a good article in the flag bulletin some years ago that gave a long history of rainbow flags and their use as a symbol of hope for difficult causes. At the nava conference in sacramento, steve tyson, a former employee of the former flag company, paramount flag co.