SAN FRANCISCO - Gilbert Baker, the man who created the rainbow flag, the iconic symbol for gay pride, has died. He was 65-years-old.
Baker created the flag for the San Francisco Gay Pride Festival in 1978.
He was heavily involved in the gay rights movement and was friends with Harvey Milk.
Gilbert's close friend, Cleve Jones, posted the news of Baker's death Friday afternoon. Friends said he died in his sleep of undisclosed causes in New York City.
California State Senator Scott Wiener, who is openly gay and previously sat on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors and represented the Castro District, tweeted there would be a vigil in the Castro at 7:00 p.m. Friday to honor Baker.
Jones is asking friends and supporters to gather under "Gilbert's flag" in the Castro Friday night at 7pm.