Friday, February 7, 2014

Google Mounts Rainbow Logo in Response to Russia's Gay Propaganda Law

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

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One of the world's most influential tech companies and popular search engines has raised its flag in opposition to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

The law, passed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Duma in June 2013, criminalizes gay "propaganda," and the law has been interpreted to criminalize distribution of LGBT rights materials and holding demonstrations advocating for LGBT issues. This morning, Google fired back with one of its logos tweaked to look like the iconic rainbow flag representing the LGBT community.

Clicking on the logo directs Web surfers to this page, where each color of the flag represents an Olympic sport—downhill skiing, hockey, curling, luging, figure skating and snowboarding—and a section from the Olympic charter that 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."

Six Olympians are openly gay.

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