Gilbert Baker, the San-Francisco-based artist who created the rainbow flag as an emblem for the homosexual group, has died aged 65, US media report.
The San Francisco Chronicle mentioned Mr Baker died in his sleep at his residence in New York on Thursday night time.
He initially designed an eight-colour flag in 1978 for the town’s homosexual freedom day, the precursor to the fashionable pleasure parade.
A candlelight vigil is deliberate for Friday night in San Francisco.
Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black tweeted: “Rainbows weep. Our world is much much less vibrant with out you, my love. Gilbert Baker gave us the rainbow flag to unite us. Unite once more.”
California State Senator Scott Weiner mentioned Mr Baker’s work “helped outline the fashionable LGBT motion”.
“Relaxation in energy, Gilbert,” he said.
Mr Baker’s unique flag had eight colors, every representing a unique facet of humanity:
- Pink – sexuality
- Purple – life
- Orange – therapeutic
- Yellow- daylight
- Inexperienced – nature
- Turquoise – artwork
- Indigo – concord
- Violet – human spirit
Learn extra: The rise of the rainbow flag
It will later be lowered to 6 stripes, eradicating pink and indigo, and swapping blue for turquoise.
Mr Baker mentioned he wished to convey the concept of variety and inclusion, utilizing “one thing from nature to signify that our sexuality is a human proper”.
In 2015, New York’s Museum of Fashionable Artwork acquired the flag for its design assortment, calling it a “highly effective design milestone”.
“I made a decision that we must always have a flag, flag match us as an emblem, that we’re a individuals, a tribe if you’ll,” Mr Baker told the Museum in an interview.
“And flags are about proclaiming energy, so it is very applicable.”
A large rainbow flag flies on the junction of Castro and Market streets in San Francisco, close to Harvey Milk Plaza, which is known as for America’s first overtly homosexual politician.
A candlelit vigil is deliberate for 19:00 native time (02:00 GMT) beneath the flag.