Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is gearing up for its eighth annual Pride Parade to celebrate Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. Every June, Google results for terms like “gay,” “lgbt,” “lesbian,” and “transgender” return with a special multicolored decoration. This year, the search box is given a 3D rainbow effect.
Earlier this month, Google announced its plans for the Gay Pride month that will culminate in the annual Pride Parade in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Dublin, which will be held June 30.
“Gayglers from all departments of Google formed sub-committees to discuss budget, plan events, order schwag and advertise Pride while keeping an eye on the prize: ensuring the messages of diversity, inclusion and pride are central themes throughout it all,” Google wrote in a Google+ post. The company secured leaders in the LBGTQ community to speak at a “Pride@Google” series, and has run fund-raising events on LGBTQ-friendly places.
Google also released the winner of a global logo design contest. The logo will feature on thousands of Google T-shirts.
Over 600 members of the Google team marched in San Francisco’s Pride Parade last year. This year, Google wants to have over 1,000 people in the parade.
“If you’re planning on attending, bring a friend, wear your favorite LGBTQ inspired attire and get excited for the Google Stride of Pride,” Google said.
This week is a big week for gay rights. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down two landmark decisions that will affect gay rights. The first is on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars federal recognition of same-sex couples, and Proposition 8, a 2008 bill that banned gay marriage in California.
Below are the Gay Google decorations from previous years.
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