Behind the Rainbow

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Rainbow Pride: A Story of the Rainbow Flag
Directed by Marie-Josee Ferron
Documentary; 60 mins.

 

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The original Rainbow Pride Flag with eight stripes

SAN FRANCISCO brings to mind many images, such as cable cars, steep hills, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Castro Theater. Add one more image to the mix: the rainbow flag, the symbol of gay pride. Gilbert Baker, a self-described “drag queen from way back who knew how to sew very well,” created it there. Baker’s flag, and its impact on gay culture, is the subject of Rainbow Pride, an hour-long documentary, which was filmed for the most part in San Francisco and Key West, Florida, and has aired on public television in New York City during Gay Pride Month.

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Charles Michael Smith is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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