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Rainbow Warrior
Rainbow Warrior

Rainbow Warrior

My Life in Color


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: May 2021

ISBN 9781641603201

Rights: US, CA & MX

Chicago Review Press (May 2021)


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Online Author Bio

Artist Gilbert Baker created the first Rainbow Flag in 1978 and was a longtime LGBTQ, peace and AIDS activist. He died in 2017.


"These pages hold Gilbert's joy—his visions, untamed spirit, flashes of unbridled bitchiness, and all of the unvarnished truths of who he and his collaborators were and are. These pages share his moments of towering confidence, his vast periods of great doubt, his tireless search for accomplices to help realize his impossible dreams, and those few moments of success that made all the suffering worthwhile. This book tells the story of an artist and an activist's unyielding, lifelong dedication to a singular creative notion, and his courage to let that creation go, to let it be shared, to let it bend and find new forms in order for it to remain timeless, boundless, and ever inclusive of our growing LGBTQ family." —Dustin Lance Black, from the foreword

"With infectious charisma and unadulterated exhilaration, Gilbert Baker intertwines the history of the Rainbow Flag and of the LGBTQ movement with the narration of his own sinuous life. If a sense of urgency and necessity, serendipity, intuition, and talent are the ingredients of great design, this is the autobiography of an accidental design superstar." —Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture & Design, the Museum of Modern Art

"Gilbert Baker paved the way for LGBTQ activists around the world—myself included. As the openly gay and HIV-positive Speaker of the New York City Council, I owe my career and life to people like Gilbert Baker. I am grateful the world will finally get to read his story." —Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council

"Gilbert Baker's grand visions as an artist and activist entertained all who knew him and truly advanced the global LGBTQ movement. In creating the Rainbow Flag, he gave the world an iconic symbol. This powerful memoir is his final gift. He was my friend and ally in the struggle for equality and I loved him very much." —Cleve Jones, activist, author of When We Rise: My Life in the Movement, and creator of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

"a moving, educative memoir from one of the innovators of the gay liberation movement." --Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Artist Gilbert Baker created the first Rainbow Flag in 1978, and was a longtime LGBTQ+, peace and AIDS activist. He died in 2017.