John M. Becker

Google Goes Gay for Sochi Olympics

Filed By John M. Becker | February 06, 2014 7:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: Google, Google Doodle, Russia, Sochi, Sochi 2014, Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin

UPDATE: The rainbow Doodle is featured on Google's Russian site as well. How's that for "gay propaganda," Vlad?

Screenshot of the Russian version is after the jump.

On the eve of Vladimir Putin's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia -- marred by controversy over the country's draconian crackdown on LGBT human rights -- web giant Google is making a bold show of support for LGBT people.

Check out its latest Google Doodle, which is live on the site right now:


The quote underneath is from the Olympic Charter, and it reads:

"The practice of sport is a human right. 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 the image takes you to a search for the Olympic Charter; the Google logo on the search page has a rainbow backdrop.

Well played, Google. Thanks for once again taking a stand for LGBT equality and showing solidarity with Russia's persecuted LGBT community!


UPDATE: Google's rainbow Doodle is also visible on its country-specific sites in Uganda, Nigeria, Jamaica, Cameroon, and Iran. If it's in all of these extremely anti-LGBT places, it's probably worldwide.

Too freaking cool.

Leave a comment

We want to know your opinion on this issue! While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.