GOOGLE Doodle celebrates 50 years of the Pride movement and the activism of the LGBTQ+ community.
The popular search engine has marked the day with an interactive video tribute.
2 The Google Doodle today celebrates 50 years of PrideCredit: Google
50 Years of Pride
It was 50 years ago that the Stonewall Riots erupted in New York in late June 1969.
The event is commonly seen as marking the start of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
Riots broke out at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Manhattan after cops raided the bar when they suspected what was criminal activity taking place.
While the exact series of events is now shrouded in mystery it is commonly thought a brick thrown by either Marsha Johnson or Sylivia Riviera, two prominent activists in the gay liberation movement, triggered the unrest.
The Pride Doodle was created by Nate Swinehart from an idea by Cynthia Cheng who wanted to focus on the annual parades and their growing popularity as a symbol of the growth of the movement.
Stonewall is now an organisation which preaches “acceptance without exception” and works to fight for LQBTQ+ rights.
What is pride month?
Because the Stonewall Riots took place in June, it was the month chosen to celebrate Pride every year.
All over the word Pride processions take place to celebrate what it is to be part of the LGBT community.
It aims to promote self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.
Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during LGBT Pride Month or some other period that commemorates a turning point in a country’s LGBT history, for example Moscow Pride in May for the anniversary of Russia’s 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality.
Some pride events include LGBT pride parades and marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties, and large festivals.
2 The Google Doodle moves through five decades of Pride history
What is a Google Doodle?
In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.
The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.
In that same year, a turkey was added to Thanksgiving and two pumpkins appeared as the ‘o’s for Halloween the following year.
Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.
Google kicked off 2019 with an animated Doodle of New Year’s Eve celebrations.
On February 5, 2019, the Chinese New Year was celebrated with a hand animation transforming into a pig.
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St Patrick’s Day in March 17 was remembered with a Celtic Google Doodle.
And on March 21, Google Doodle used AI for the first time in a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.
The Doodle allowed users to create their own tune.