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Google ‘doodle’ goes gay in solidarity with LGBT Russians, Olympians

Thursday, February 6, 2014
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With the opening ceremonies in Sochi just hours away, Google has updated its home page with a rainbow-colored Olympic-themed version of its iconic logo, an apparent sign of in solidarity with LGBT Russians, visiting athletes and Olympic spectators.

The doodle is also displayed to users in Russia.

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The doodle is also displayed to users in Russia.

The visual gesture also comes with an edge — Google quotes a portion of the Olympic Charter which many gay rights advocates say has been undermined by the decision to host the game in a nation with anti-LGBT laws.

“The practice of sport is a human right,” the Olympic Charter reads. “Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

Clicking on the logo leads to the Google search results for the phrase “Olympic Charter.”
The gesture comes after months of frustration and anger with the International Olympic Committee and Olympic corporate sponsors for their failure to speak out against Russia’s law restricting gay rights activities

Led off by a blog post from AT&T on Tuesday, a total of three sponsors of the U.S. Olympic team have openly condemned the law so far, but leading global sponsors have not joined them.

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The updated logo appears on Google pages worldwide. Although Google typically updates its themed daily Doodles at midnight Eastern time, the logo’s late afternoon debut means it will be seen in Russia on the day of the Olympics’ opening ceremony.

Google and its founders have been outspoken supporters of gay rights since 2008, when the company got involved in the campaign to defeat a gay marriage ban on the California ballot.

In 2012 it launched a global workplace safety campaign, called “Legalise Love,” that it described as a call to decriminalize homosexuality and eliminate homophobia around the world. The company also recognizes gay pride season each year by customizing search boxes to turn rainbow-colored when terms like “gay” and “gay pride” are entered.

A Google representative had no comment, saying the company wants the Doodle to speak for itself.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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63 more reader comments:

  1. I love you Google! =)

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:40am
  2. Thank you Google!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:40am
  3. Oh no
    Now people will start boycotting Google
    Now high school and college students have to do homework the hard way. How tragic.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:41am
  4. the real hard way

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:42am
  5. As they should :-)

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:43am
  6. Google did the thing.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:16am
  7. You go, Google! That’s my search engine!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:19am
  8. YEAH!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:21am
  9. Awesome!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:22am
  10. Going gayin is fun :-p

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:22am
  11. Nice !

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:23am
  12. Love it

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:29am
  13. GOod guy google

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:30am
  14. posted that today myself I’m proud of them.. I hope others follow like face book and high profile websites from msn and any that are about information and equality

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:32am
  15. very good… Well done!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:32am
  16. every thing matters and this is a minor but huge step

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:32am
  17. I wonder, if Russia’s laws and the rest of the world standing up againt them, this is thrusting gay rights out there. I wonder if all of this will propel acceptance and solidarity to an amazing point?!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:35am
  18. We as Race are to ignorant, We need Our Scapegoats, I fear, a Genocide in Russia.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:44am
  19. Yeah, I fear it will get worse before it gets better. Look at Nigeria and other African countries. At least I can hope this blows up in the IOC's face. But, it's good that many big companies are speaking out.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:46am
  20. They also coordinated this move with their Russian site, http://www.google.ru
    Funny as hell

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:35am
  21. Oh Bing must be losing their shit right about now lmao

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:38am
  22. I won’t watch even a second of it, even an Commercial.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:43am
  23. love it!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:44am
  24. Caesar Chavez on Easter and now this! Google is a great company :)

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:46am
  25. Putin sure goes topless alot…barf.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:50am
  26. Was wondering when you would post this. Got up eventually so myeh. Go google.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:50am
  27. love this

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:53am
  28. Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:53am
  29. Google is awesome!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:14am
  30. Im from Brazil and im praying for our brothers and sisters from Rússia. #Stopviolence

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:15am
  31. I love it!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:18am
  32. Fuck yeah!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:30am
  33. Google: *drops mic*

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:33am
  34. Google is a monopoly and will do anything to consolidate it’s control over our internet lives.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:34am
  35. I only use the search engine and Google Earth.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 9:21am
  36. Good job GOOGLE! Well done.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:40am
  37. Yay!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:48am
  38. it’s even on russian google too google.ru

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:05am
  39. w00t!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:30am
  40. WOOOOOO GO GOOGLE

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:40am
  41. Yes!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:41am
  42. Google strikes again!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:32am
  43. Nice! Go Google!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:33am
  44. Awesome

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:01am
  45. well done!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:02am
  46. Thank-you Google!! I see it my search engine!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:22am
  47. I really hate that the government there said “to the gays, leave our kids alone” as though to be gay means you would also be a pedophile more so than a heterosexual?????? ignorance knows no bounds!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 9:52am
  48. Shove it Putin.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 10:28am
  49. **thumbs way way up**

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 10:44am
  50. Google is the only search for me :-)

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 10:45am
  51. google is throwin some serious shade

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:22pm
  52. Thank u Google

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:52pm
  53. Best. Doodle. Ever!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:05pm
  54. Yep we”re here we’re queer and we’re everywhere . Been here since the bible days . People need to get over it !!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:14pm
  55. OMG thank you :) I get called "anti gay" and "white privileged" when I say this same thing lol I'm not either I just feel like enough is enough already.....damn we don't need to slather everything with gay.....we know your here...we know your queer....now get out of our faces with it.......nobody would be taking away your rights if they weren't shoving it down everyones throats lol get a grip people sheesh :/ ......just glad someone else at least understands where I'm coming from.......

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:38pm
  56. wow grt

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:30pm
  57. I didn’t even notice the rainbow.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:46pm
  58. Freaking awesome google ;)

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:47pm
  59. Awsome

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:50pm
  60. Thank you, Google.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:53pm
  61. I get called “anti gay” and “white privileged” when I say this but oh well lol I’m not either one I just feel like enough is enough already…..damn we don’t need to slather everything with gay…..we know your here……have been since day one…..we know your queer….now get out of our faces with it…….nobody would be taking away their rights if they weren’t shoving it down everyones throats lol get a grip people sheesh :/ by all means have your rights but damn man every time you turn around something gay is in your face screaming see see see look look we’re here and you can’t do anything about it na na na na………you don’t see anyone else who has had to fight for their rights still carrying on after getting them……no they fought…won and after they won they shut up and carried on with their lives lol damn man the gays have almost more rights than anyone other person in america…….where is the line?????……..oh well…..then they wonder why people are sick of them…..LMAO gee I wonder

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:44pm
  62. Wendi Paine & people like you are the reason it’s so important that companies like Google make a stand. Wow.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:59pm
  63. @wendy .. Wow what rights do my partner and I have ? 28 years together and we can’t get married ? When two “straight ” people can walk in and sign paper and marry !!! That suck as an American . Also people in other countries are being killed because of who they love . So wow to you and your understandings of “our ” (as in GAY people ) struggles !!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:08pm