Google Doodle celebrates Pride History and Journey of LGBTQI community

The month of June, which is celebrated as the 'Pride Month' by the LGBTQI+ community was dedicated to gay people to promote and celebrate their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights and increase their visibility as a social group.

Saima Siddiqui
Published on: 4 Jun 2019 7:22 AM GMT
Google Doodle celebrates Pride History and Journey of LGBTQI community
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Lucknow: Google's creative graphic interface, Doodle on Tuesday shared a glorious and pride history of the celebration and acceptance of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual identities on its fiftieth anniversary.

The month of June, which is celebrated as the 'Pride Month' by the LGBTQI+ community was dedicated to gay people to promote and celebrate their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights and increase their visibility as a social group.

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The creater of this year's 'Gay Month' doodle, Nate Swinehart not only celebrated the pride history of LGBTQI community but also shared how Pride History shaped his own journey. Doodler Nate Swinehart via creative graphical interface tried to showcase early pride activism, "on Christopher Street in New York City, to the worldwide celebrations of today."

"In celebrating 50 years of Pride, my coworker Cynthia Cheng first had the idea to depict the parade itself and show it growing in size and momentum across the decades," says Nate Swinehart, adding that the Google Doodle allowed him to explore many different styles that "could fully capture the feeling of a growing parade and relate to all who are a part of it."

He also briefly talked about the role that colour, with its many hues and vibrancy, played on not just the creation of the Google Doodle, but also the larger positive portrayal of LGBTQI+ activism.

"Color also played a huge part in the concepting, as I wanted to depict the vibrance and energy of the community. While everything begins with shades of grey, we first see the rainbow through a community space. Color then begins to spread, first in individual people, then to the city around them, until it finally overtakes the entire composition. I also wanted the progression of color to be meaningful, beginning with the initial pink triangle that was reclaimed by the community as a symbol of liberation. From there, we go backwards through the rainbow from purple to red, until we see all the colors come together harmoniously in the final image," the doodler wrote on the Google Doodle website.

Nate also opened up about experience seeing Google homepage when he wasn't the part of the Google family back in 2014. "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," he recalled seeing a Doodle celebrating the Winter Olympics, which depicted the colours of the Pride flag. This moment made Nate to decide that he had "make a positive impact on the world".

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Saima Siddiqui

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