Join Venice Pride, The TransChorus of Los Angeles, and special guests at Windward Plaza in Los Angeles as we raise the world’s largest free-flying rainbow flag in a moving tribute to pride celebrations across the globe. Venice Pride is honored to be the first to host the flag June 1-3!
United We Pride is a worldwide initiative to unite pride celebrations across the globe. Because, hey, we’re stronger together. How do we plan to accomplish this? Great question! Thanks to the generous support of global partner AIDS Healthcare Foundation, we have commissioned the world’s largest free-flying rainbow flag and plan to fly it at ten of the largest LGBT Pride celebrations across the globe between June 2018 and June 2019.
How big is the flag? We thought you’d never ask. It’s BIG! We haven’t released the final dimensions yet, but to give you an idea of the size it will be much larger than the 1,033 square foot flag that took flight in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as part of Nelson Mandela Bay Pride in late 2014.
When and where will the colossal flag first be raised ? The flag will launch in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 2018 as part of the 3rd Annual Venice Pride celebrations, before being gifted to San Francisco to mark the rainbow flag’s 40th anniversary. The flag’s journey will culminate in New York City in June 2019, as the city commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and plays host to 2019’s World Pride celebration.
Will the flag be visiting my city? Here is a list of dates and cities the flag is scheduled to visit as of May 12, 2018:
United We Pride World Tour
Los Angeles | June 1-3, 2018
San Francisco | June 23-25, 2018
Paris | June 30, 2018
London | July 7, 2018
Berlin | July 28, 2018
Vancouver | August 5, 2018
Sydney | March 2, 2019
Miami | April 1-7, 2019
Tokyo | April 26-May 5, 2019
New York City | June 14-23, 2019
Rainbow Flag History
The rainbow flag was created in 1978 by artist, designer, Vietnam War veteran and then-drag performer, Gilbert Baker. He was commissioned to create a flag by politician Harvey Milk who died later that same year. It was first showcased at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. Baker’s flag has become widely associated with LGBT rights causes, a symbol of gay pride that has become ubiquitous in the decades since its debut.
• 2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of Gilbert Baker’s creation of the rainbow flag – a symbol of LGBT rights and gay pride.
• 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the New York Stonewall riots (June 28, 1969).