We are still researching exact dates and creator names, so information is limited and will be updated as soon as it can be found.
What we do know is that in the early part of the AIDS crisis the 6 stripe gay pride flag started showing up with a 7th black stripe added attached to the purple stripe. It is reported to have been created in remembrance of the astonishing number of men that were dying of AIDS every single day.
It was also suggested by Srgt. Leonard Matlovich, a decorated vet that had aids, that should a cure ever be found, all the black stripes be removed, taken or shipped to Washington DC, and they be burned in a ceremony to commemorate those men who died, and those that still fight to this day, and to celebrate the end of this horrendous disease.
We are recreating this version on the 8, 7, or 6 stripe flag, as we believe this stripe would have been added to any of these versions had they been available at the time.