The Rainbow flag was originally designed by Gilbert Baker in response to a local activist's call for a community symbol. Composed originally eight stripes -
hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for nature, blue for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit - it was impossible to mass produce the flag, since hot pink was not a commercially available color. Baker's flag was reduced to seven stripes. The indigo stripe was later removed, leaving the six stripe flag that became popularized as a Symbol of Gay Pride and community.