Like a Rainbow

 
This past Sunday, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that marked the first salvo in the gay rights revolution, Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen asked Mark Randall of Worldstudio to redesign the rainbow gay pride flag, which was first introduced in Italy in 1961 as the peace flag. From a number of offerings (see complete slide show here and listen to show below), Isaac Mizrahi picked a favorite. Can you guess which one? And do you have a favorite?

Also in honor of this historic event, celebrated yesterday by President Obama at a White House ceremony, it’s worth remembering Jack Nichols (who died in 2005), who co-authored, with Lige Clark, “The Homosexual Citizen,” the first gay column in a heterosexual publication, Screw. Nichols was also the co-editor of Gay magazine (published by Screw)–the first newsstand periodical to address contemporary gay issues.

 

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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