15 Jun

Google has a pretty stellar record with LGBT issues, so why don’t they give us the Google Approved rubber stamp with a dedicated doodle?

The most recent addition to Google’s gay easter eggs is a bubbly little banner that comes up when you search a gender and sexual minority term.

Google Search Bar with Rainbow Decoration

Searchable terms include: lgbt, lgbtq, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual
transgender, homosexual. Pansexual, GSM and asexual didn’t make the cut.

Don’t get me wrong, I like these little forays into advocacy – I just take issue with the ‘little’ part. We’ve been thrown scraps of recognition from Google for years now. Shout outs to gay individuals like Keith Haring and the same sex couples in a Valentine’s Day doodle only go so far. Their promotion of the It Gets Better Project is also appreciated. But they should have learned this lesson last year.

In June 2011, Google added a little rainbow to their search bar, a move described as “keeping Google in the closet.” At the time they issued this statement:

We enjoy celebrating holidays and special events at Google. As you may imagine, it’s difficult for us to choose which events to celebrate on our site, and have a long list of those we’d like to celebrate in the future.

And we didn’t make the cut again this year? Now that a majority of their customers/product support marriage equality, is it really still such a bold political statement to put the gays on the front page? Google needs to get their head of of their ass on this one, pronto. We’ve still got half of June guys and gals, you can do it!

More Americans believe in creationism than support marriage equality. So why take the risk promoting Darwinism?


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