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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

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“On June 25, 1978, history was made when a new flag unfurled in San Francisco. From that moment forward, the flag and its rich, beaming colors of the rainbow would serve as a symbol of hope and pride for the millions of LGBTQ individuals across the world. Learn about the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world.”

In this Brightly Storytime video, Ms. Linda reads the children’s picture book Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Steven Salerno.

Gilbert Baker sews a rainbow flag
Pride Month, observed in June, honors the LGBTQ+ community and its civil rights movement, and the rainbow flag was its first of many emblems. Local LGBTQ+ events like Pride parades, fun runs, story times, and festivals create opportunities to participate, support, and have fun.

Why do we call it PRIDE? From Parents Magazine:

“The word ‘Pride’ was actually originally an acronym that stood for Personal Rights in Defense and Education, an organization started in 1966 to fight for equal rights for LGBTQ+ people in California. But of course, there’s also the double meaning of Pride, which describes the feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction people get from their achievements or best qualities. Pride is also defined as the ‘consciousness of one’s own dignity.’ In other words, we use the word Pride to both honor an influential organization and to be proud of who we are.”

Harvey Milk and equal rights
This Brightly Storytime video is one in a series of Pride Month Reads and Banned and Challenged Books playlists that help educate kids about diverse identities to foster a more inclusive world.

Watch more read-aloud videos on TKSST, including:
• You Matter, read aloud by Christian Robinson
• The Day You Begin read by author Jacqueline Woodson
• Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, read by Bella Noche for Storytime with The Met

Bonus: Love is Love, a song that celebrates families and the colors of the rainbow.

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