Google Celebrates Gay Pride Month With Hidden Doodle

Google is celebrating Gay Pride month with a hidden ‘gay’ Easter egg. During the month of June, a rainbow ribbon search bar replaces the traditional Google search bar only when users search for certain “pride-related” terms, including, “gay,” “lesbian,” “homosexuality,” “LGBT,” “marriage equality,” “bisexual” and “transgender.”

“During the month of June, Google is celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride,” said Google in an e-mail in June 2011. “For some Pride-related search queries, we are showing a rainbow at the end of the search bar.”

Google’s Gay Pride Doodle during June Pride 2011:


The following year, Google proudly displayed this pride doodle (2012):


This is Google’s current Pride month doodle (2013):

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Back in 2008, Google made a rare expression of political opinion, publicly expressing its opposition to California’s Prop. 8, a constitutional amendment that took away the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Wrote Google co-founder Sergey Brin, in a 2008 blog post:

While there are many objections to this proposition — further government encroachment on personal lives, ambiguously written text — it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8. While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 — we should not eliminate anyone’s fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love.

Google employees also made the following ‘It Gets Better’ video in 2010: