SHOW YOUR COLORS
These challenging times make it important now more than ever to unite and help one another. We at LAB SERIES stand in solidarity with the Black community and support LGBTQIA+ people of color this Pride Month and all year round. We are committed to do better through educating one another and taking meaningful action. It does not stop here.
LAB SERIES is donating $10,000 to the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) to help support at-risk LGBTQ+ youth. More than 90% of Hetrick-Martin Institutes’ youth represent communities of color and our contribution will help fund life-saving programming and services. HMI promotes leadership and personal development opportunities through internships and other character-building activities related to salient issues including social justice, education, health and wellness.
LAB SERIES is also partnering with the Gilbert Baker Foundation to further their mission of educating the community about the creator and history of the symbolic Rainbow Flag. The late Gilbert Baker (1951-2017) was an LGBTQ rights pioneer, designer and vexillographer (flag maker) who was active in the San Francisco progressive community. In 1978, Gilbert was tasked by visionary politician Harvey Milk to create a new symbol for the LGBTQ movement. And so, he designed the iconic Rainbow Flag.
The initial flag created by Baker featured 8 colors as a symbol of harmony—all genders and all races, the rainbow of humanity—with each stripe to represent a universal meaning. Due to shortage of pink and turquoise fabric at the time, Gilbert later modified the design to six colors, which is the Rainbow Flag that we all know today. LAB SERIES and the Gilbert Baker Foundation unite to honor the creators of the racial justice rainbow flag and to show our solidarity with the Black community and people of color.
• Hetrick-Martin Institute was founded by Dr. Emery Hetrick and Dr. Damien Martin and has been serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth since 1979. It remains the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ+ youth serving organization.
• HMI’s mission is to create a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families.
• HMI has had a long history of working to make systemic changes in government agencies that impact the lives of young people within the LGBTQ communities and LGBTQ people of color.
• The Gilbert Baker Foundation mission is to support programs that would honor Gilbert’s legacy of LGBT pride, liberty and visibility as well as educate future generations about the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag
• The Foundation supports and empowers the LGBTQ community on a collaborative level between the Foundation and allies, including the LGBTQ community and artists, organizations, educational institutions, non-profits, museums, archives and the press.