Rainbow warrior My life in color

Gilbert Baker, 1951-2017

Book - 2019

"The never-published memoir of the visual artist and social justice activist who created the Rainbow Flag, which became an international emblem of the modern LGBTQ+ movement"--

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Published
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press [2019]
Language
English
Physical Description
xiv, 232 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781641601504
1641601507
Main Author
Gilbert Baker, 1951-2017 (author)
  • Foreword / by Dustin Lance Black
  • A bolt of lightning
  • Dreaming of a life over the rainbow
  • I am not a homosexual
  • A door opens
  • Stitching a rainbow
  • Victory and backlash
  • Raining on my parade
  • Life at the Clown Hotel
  • The birth of Sister Chanel 2001
  • Bobbi took off his socks
  • Working for the enemy
  • Stoning the Pope
  • Rock bottom and rebel rebirth
  • Pink Jesus and the holy war
  • Spreading my wings
  • Dorothy goes to Gotham
  • Defending the rainbow
  • Russians, bobbins, flashbulbs, and tears
  • The winter of my discontent
  • Clash of the divas
  • An affair to remember, a night to forget
  • Last shift at the sequin mine
  • A bump in the road
  • The chiffon rebellion
  • A day in court, a night at Stonewall
  • A magician, a mile of scarf, and a pair of scissors
  • The hatchet is buried
  • Invisible, with liberty and justice for all
  • Epilogue: Gilbert Baker's later years / by Charley Beal.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The never-published memoir of the visual artist and social justice activist who created the Rainbow Flag, which became an international emblem of the modern LGBTQ+ movement"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This colorful, irreverent and deeply personal memoir of the late creator of the first Rainbow Flag in 1978 and a longtime LGBTQ+, peace and AIDS activist, who worked closely with Harvey Milk and others, chronicles his life, from a repressive childhood to his arrival in San Francisco.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In 1978, Harvey Milk asked Gilbert Baker to create a unifying symbol for the growing gay rights movement, and on June 25 of that year, Baker's Rainbow Flag debuted at San Francisco's Gay Freedom Day Parade. Baker had no idea his creation would become an international emblem of liberation, forever cementing his pivotal role in helping to define the modern LGBTQ movement. Rainbow Warrior is Baker's passionate personal chronicle, from a repressive childhood in 1950s Kansas to a harrowing stint in the US Army, and finally his arrival in San Francisco, where he bloomed as both a visual artist and social justice activist. His fascinating story weaves through the early years of the struggle for LGBTQ rights, when he worked closely with Milk, Cleve Jones, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Baker continued his flag-making, street theater and activism through the Reagan years and the AIDS crisis. And in 1994, Baker spearheaded the effort to fabricate a mile-long Rainbow Flag'at the time, the world's longest'to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City. Gilbert and parade organizers battled with Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the right to carry it up Fifth Avenue, past St. Patrick's Cathedral. Today, the Rainbow Flag has become a worldwide symbol of LGBTQ diversity and inclusiveness, and its colorful hues have illuminated landmarks from the White House to the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House. Gilbert Baker often called himself the 'Gay Betsy Ross," and readers of his colorful, irreverent, and deeply personal memoir will find it difficult to disagree.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In 1978, Harvey Milk asked Gilbert Baker to create a unifying symbol for the growing gay rights movement, and on June 25 of that year, Baker’s Rainbow Flag debuted at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade. Baker had no idea his creation would become an international emblem of liberation, forever cementing his pivotal role in helping to define the modern LGBTQ movement. Rainbow Warrior is Baker’s passionate personal chronicle, from a repressive childhood in 1950s Kansas to a harrowing stint in the US Army, and finally his arrival in San Francisco, where he bloomed as both a visual artist and social justice activist. His fascinating story weaves through the early years of the struggle for LGBTQ rights, when he worked closely with Milk, Cleve Jones, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Baker continued his flag-making, street theater and activism through the Reagan years and the AIDS crisis. And in 1994, Baker spearheaded the effort to fabricate a mile-long Rainbow Flag—at the time, the world’s longest—to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City. Gilbert and parade organizers battled with Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the right to carry it up Fifth Avenue, past St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Today, the Rainbow Flag has become a worldwide symbol of LGBTQ diversity and inclusiveness, and its colorful hues have illuminated landmarks from the White House to the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House. Gilbert Baker often called himself the “Gay Betsy Ross,” and readers of his colorful, irreverent, and deeply personal memoir will find it difficult to disagree.