New Delhi: Google always marks special day in the form of doodle and make the world ponder the importance of that particular day. Similarly Google on Tuesday marked 50 years of LGBTQ pride.
Fifty years ago this month, New York police conducted an early morning raid on a small Greenwich Village bar popular with members of the gay community, sparking the Stonewall riots and ushering in the modern battle for LGBT rights in the US.
To celebrate the 50 years of Pride celebrations that followed, Google published a Doodle sideshow on Tuesday that offers a taste of Pride parades from each of the five decades.
Google's Doodlers wanted the Doodle to underscore how the Pride parade has grown in size and momentum over the past half century, empowering a bright and vibrant community along the way.
Over the years, Google has taken an impressive stance in support of gay rights. In 2008, the company announced its opposition to Proposition 8, an anti-gay marriage measure that California voters ultimately approved.
To mark June as Gay and Lesbian Pride month, Google has traditionally added a rainbow to the right side of the search bar when users search for "gay," "lesbian," "transgender," or related terms.
For this year's Doodle, Doodler Nate Swinehart said he decided to use strips of cut paper to depict the people and the setting. By adding multiple layers of paper, which by its nature is flat, the Doodle grows to reflect the community's expansion. Color, of course, is a key symbol of Pride.
Swinehart explained,"While everything begins with shades of grey, we first see the rainbow through a community space.”
Swinehart writes that, as a member of the LGBTQ community, this Doodle was a very personal project for him, especially because he's well acquainted with the struggle to feel included and accepted.
"Before I joined Google in 2014, I remember opening up the Google homepage to see a Doodle celebrating the Winter Olympics, depicting the colors of the Pride flag. I was completely blown away.”
"That moment was a large part of why I wanted to become a Doodler. I recognized the opportunity we have to make a positive impact on the world, and to help make people feel seen, heard, and valued."