friend in the world is gone. Clive Baker gave the world the
rainbow flag, he gave me forty years of love and friendship,"
Cleve Jones said on Twitter.
No details were immediately available on the cause of Baker's
death or where he died. According to the biography posted on his
official website, he had been living in New York City.
Jones also tweeted a photo of Baker with former President Barack
Obama, inviting mourners to meet him under a rainbow flag in the
Castro district of San Francisco on Friday evening to remember
Baker, who was born in Kansas in 1951, was stationed in San
Francisco in the early 1970s while serving in the U.S. Army, at
the start of the gay rights movement.
According to the website biography Baker began making banners
for gay rights and anti-war protests, often at the request of
Harvey Milk, who would become the first openly gay man elected
to public office in California when he won the 1977 race for a
seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Milk rode under the first rainbow flags made by Baker at the San
Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in June 1978, just months
before the politician was murdered by a former city supervisor,
the biography says.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by James Dalgleish)
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