Google has forced us to remember Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT community with a powerful doodle visible on the hope page of the search giant. Had he lived to this day, he would have been celebrating the day as his 66th birthday.
There is no denying that Google doodle usually bring us out of the slumber and helps us in remembering people who have made difference with the world some way or the other.
Born on June 2, 1951, in Chanute, Kansas, Gilbert Baker grew up in a conservative town. His mother was a teacher while his father was a judge. Baker, who is known for stitching huge banners for the LGBT community himself was not a trained designer hut learnt to stitch after his stint with the Army.
Reports suggest that for a year he was in before being drafted into the Army in 1970. He worked as a medic and was stationed in San Francisco. He worked at a military hospital, treating injured soldiers who had served in the Vietnam War. But he was often disparaged by superiors and fellow soldiers, especially in boot camp.
The man who designed the doodle for the search giant, Nate Swinehart, himself part of the LGBT community, later told the search Google that he “wanted to capture that same community spirit Baker treasured. He collaborated with other team members, including other LGBT Doodlers who felt personally connected to the project, to nail down the right concept.”
Later, while displaying the doodle, Google said, “Today we celebrate Gilbert Baker’s pride, creativity, and the lasting impact he’s had on strengthening and uniting people all over the world.”
Gilbert Baker’s sisterArdonna Cook, told Google, “Our family is so proud of the legacy of activism and artistry that Gilbert has left to the world. He touched millions across the globe and empowered them to become stronger and more visible LGBT people. Gilbert led a bold and inspiring life by bringing The Rainbow Flag to life and it is that legacy which should guide us in respecting and celebrating diversity.”