Apr 29, 2011
|June 18, 2011|
Join us in celebrating our 15th Annual Festival of Pride in the Pines scheduled for June 18th, 2011. We will have plenty of activities, food, and entertainment for all ages. Our big annual bash is an important way to keep pride alive and well in Northern Arizona. We invite you patronize our generous sponsors or become one yourself. Our volunteer program is a fun way to support our efforts to provide our community with LGBTQ resources and to raise awareness for the issues we face.
How NAPA was born
The Northern Arizona Pride Association planted its roots in Flagstaff, Arizona in the winter of 1996. The inaugural Pride in the Pines festival was held that summer at Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds. With 300 in attendance, the 1st Annual Pride in the Pines encouraged a new wave of diversity in small town Arizona, paving the way for the GLBT community in Flagstaff. Read more…
What is the Rainbow Flag?
The rainbow flag has become one of the most widely used and recognized symbols of the gay pride movement. The concept of the rainbow is hardly a new one. Rainbows have used since ancient times in all kinds of cultures- Greek, African, Native American and Celtic, to name only a few.
The Rainbow (or Gay Pride) Flag was created by artist and vexillographer Gilbert Baker, a friend of the late Harvey Milk, in 1978. The flag debuted at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. It has since been used around the world as a symbol of LGBT unity in many variations, including adaptations such as bumper stickers and decals. The Rainbow Flag is recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers. The Rainbow (Pride) Flag lives in the public domain.
-Colors of the Rainbow Flag
The original flag had eight stripes from top to bottom:
- Pink (sexuality)
- Red (life)
- Orange (healing)
- Yellow (sunlight)
- Green (nature)
- Turquoise (magic)
- Indigo/blue (serenity)
- Violet (spirit).
Within a year, the flag had shed two of its stripes—pink and violet. According to Gilbert, they “ran out of pink dye.” The violet stripe was later taken out to create an even number of stripes on the flag.
Since, many variations of the flag have been created. For instance, a black stripe is added to some symbolizing those lost to AIDS. There are also variations to represent bisexual people, bears and others.