The rainbow flag has become the easily-recognized colors of pride for the gay community. The multicultural symbolism of the rainbow is nothing new. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition also embraces the rainbow as a symbol of that political movement. The rainbow also plays a part in many myths and stories related to gender and sexuality issues in Greek, Native American, African, and other cultures.
On this day in 1980, George Hislop lost his bid to be the first openly gay city councillor in Toronto.Â George was one of several openly gay pioneers who tried unsuccessfully to obtain elected office in an era of backlash against the LGBT movement.Â He was an iconic hero of the LGBT movement, my mentor, my client and my friend.