Erik McGregor is a New York City based artist, photographer and activist. Erik is a member of the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and co-writer of the Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. As a published freelance photographer, he has documented activist groups actions in NYC since 2011.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
“Raise the Rainbow!” Rally and March to honor the late Gilbert Baker, LGBTQ Rainbow Flag creator
New York City - Friends of Gilbert Baker organized a rally and march in New York City’s West Village, starting at The Stonewall Inn on June 14, 2017; in memory of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, the international symbol of LGBTQ pride. The event also protest discrimination and bigotry against LGBTQ Americans that has been perpetuated by the Trump administration and the GOP. Baker died last March 31 at age 65.
This Flag Day event (also Trump’s 71st birthday), which takes place during Pride Month, began at the Stonewall Inn with a rally. Protesters then carried Baker’s hand-sewn banners, including one that reads “Don’t Buy Trump’s Lies”, and marched to Hudson River Park for the historic raising of the Rainbow Flag on a giant flagpole.
There were nine speakers, one for each stripe of the Rainbow Flag, and each speech will be tied to the symbolism of the color: lavender for diversity, pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, violet for spirit.
The Trump administration and the GOP have declared war on the LGBTQ community. Gilbert Baker was a member of the Rise + Resist movement that protests the Trump agenda. Flag Day, flag maker Baker’s favorite holiday, is also the President’s birthday. On June 14, we honor Baker’s global contribution to LGBTQ unity and protest the current president’s divisiveness and anti-LGBTQ policies.