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The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond flew this rainbow flag at the request of a group of its employees to recognize gay pride month in June 2011.  One day later the bank’s president received a letter from a Virginia politician and opponent of gay rights chastising the institution.  Gay rights advocates responded quickly and the bank briefly became the center of a national media frenzy.  In many ways this controversy reflects the changing demographics and values of the city and of the commonwealth.

The use of the rainbow flag as a symbol of diversity, inclusiveness, and hope has a long history and is based in the biblical promise of the rainbow.  In 1978 Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco, California artist, created the first 8-striped version of the flag in response to a local activist’s call for the need for a community symbol.  Based on the 5-stripe “Flag of the Race,” Baker dyed and sewed the fabric for the 1978 flag himself.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond flew this rainbow flag at the request of a group of its employees to recognize gay pride month in June 2011.  One day later the bank’s president received a letter from a Virginia politician and opponent of gay rights chastising the institution.  Gay rights advocates responded quickly and the bank briefly became the center of a national media frenzy.  In many ways this controversy reflects the changing demographics and values of the city and of the commonwealth.

The use of the rainbow flag as a symbol of diversity, inclusiveness, and hope has a long history and is based in the biblical promise of the rainbow.  In 1978 Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco, California artist, created the first 8-striped version of the flag in response to a local activist’s call for the need for a community symbol.  Based on the 5-stripe “Flag of the Race,” Baker dyed and sewed the fabric for the 1978 flag himself.

Details

  • Title: Rainbow Pride Flag Full Flag
  • Date: 2010, 2010
  • Location: Richmond, Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
  • Provenance: Gift of The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, 2012, Gift of The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, 2012
  • Type: Nylon, metal, Nylon, metal

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