Rainbow flag at Milk Plaza, San Francisco


"Gay Betsy Ross" Story Challenged

New Details About The Flag's Creation

KCBS Radio Morning News
June 08, 2018 - 7:39 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- An accepted bit of lore from the gay rights movement is being challenged--and it means the tale of the "gay Betsy Ross" may have to be amended a bit.

It goes back to 1978, when the folks at the Gay Community Center in San Francisco were asked to come up with a couple of big flags for the city's Gay Freedom Day Parade.

They came up with the by-now-well-known "rainbow flag", and over the years, the story has been that a well-known activist and drag queen named Gilbert Baker designed and sewed the flag.

But now, someone else who was there is saying it's time to set the record straight. That would be Lynn Segerblom--who was known back then as "Faerie Argyle Rainbow".

She tells the Los Angeles Times  there were actually several people involved in creating the rainbow flags. She told the newspaper that she, Paul Langlotz and James McNamara were among those involved in the creayion of the flag, which she described as a group effort.

Segerblom stold the newspaper she bought a thousand yards of white cotton muslin material, and people dyed it a bit at a time in trash cans.

She sayid she was one of three people who brought in their Singer sewing machines and ironing boards to do the actual stitching.