For Amber Hikes and many others in the LGBT community, the lights were a powerful symbol of a government's support for a marginalized community that had historically struggled to be recognized, much less openly supported.
Now Hikes, a black queer woman, is excited about a new gay-rights symbol: a pride flag with additional black and brown stripes above the rest of the rainbow. The stripes represent LGBT individuals of color, a group that can often be overlooked within the overall LGBT umbrella.
Symbolically it makes sense and fits with the idea of a community made up of many different people into one community. But aesthetically the flag has never been pleasing to my eye. Let's get a cool new flag for post DADT/Marriage equality!