Google celebrated 50 years of the Pride movement by means of a wonderful doodle that commemorated 50 years of the Stonewall riots. The animated doodle takes viewers on a journey of the development and evolution of the Pride Movement across the past five decades.
It starts off with the Stonewall demonstrations that occurred in June 1969 in New York, where the LGBT community protested in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York – a bar primarily for the gay community. This was a watershed event in the history of the gay liberation movement in the United States.
It was in response to the Stonewall riots that June came to be celebrated as the Pride month across the world.
The doodle describes how the journey of the LGBTQ+ community, starting from the initial and formative days of activism on Christopher Street in New York City to the celebrations that are held across the globe today, giving a strong voice to this community.
Doodler Nate Swinehart, who created the doodle, shares what this doodle meant to him. “Working on this Doodle was a very personal project for me. As a member of the LBGTQ+ community, I am very familiar with the struggle of feeling included, accepted, and that I am a ‘part’ of this world. 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. Looking at the front page of Google, I was filled with hope and a feeling of belonging. 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,” he said.
Have you seen the doodle yet? Isn’t it a wonderful tribute to the LGBTQ+ community?