The San Francisco-based activist and artist began building flags for homosexual the same rights and anti-war demonstrations in the 1970 s, often at the request of Harvey Milk

Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco-based activist and artist best known for creating the rainbow flag representing homosexual rights, has died at the age of 65.

My dearest pal in the world is turn. Clive Baker gave the world the rainbow flag, he gave me forty years of adoration and relationship, Cleve Jones, a longtime pal, said on Twitter.

No details were immediately available on the cause of Bakers death or where he died. According to the biography positioned on his official website, he had been living in New York City.

Jones likewise tweeted a photograph of Baker with President Obama, inviting mourners to meet him under a rainbow flag in the Castro district of San Francisco on Friday evening to remember his friend.

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg greets Gilbert Baker at the annual Gay Pride parade in New York City in 2002. Photograph: Jeff Christensen/ Reuters

Baker, who was born in Kansas in 1951, was stationed in San Francisco in the early 1970 s while serving in the US Army, at the start of the homosexual rights movement.

According to the website biography Baker began building flags for homosexual the same rights and anti-war demonstrations, often at the request of Harvey Milk, who would become the first openly gay boy elected to public agency in California when he won the 1977 race for a seat on the San Francisco board of supervisors.

Milk rode under the first rainbow flags made by Baker at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in June 1978, merely months before the legislator was murdered by a former city supervisor, the biography says.

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