Painting the lawn with Six Stripes for Equality
By: Douglas Simmons
Photo: Dream Images Productions
Atlanta, Ga.-June 5, 2019, Each June, Cox Employees across all divisions are supporting pride month by kicking off the celebration with creating a Pride Human Flag. The flag is a symbol within the LGBTQ+ community which represents their fight for equal rights.
Gilbert Baker, a 27-year-old artist and drag queen, began brainstorming. He felt his people needed an icon that would simultaneously communicate beauty, diversity, and power. It also had to be easily replicable. Baker pieced together the world’s first rainbow flag. It had eight brilliantly saturated stripes—pink for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for peace, and purple for spirit—that could be flown proudly in the air.
The month of June was chosen for LGBTQ+ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, The Cox Pride Employee Resource Group will sponsor events during the month of June.
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