Alex Blaze

Google gives you a rainbow for Pride Month

Filed By Alex Blaze | June 19, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: crossdressing, Google, LGBT, pride, rainbow, transgender

I do a lot of googling on queer topics, and I noticed yesterday that Google added a little rainbow banner for Pride Month if you search for certain words. It looks like this:

queer-google.png

And LGBT:

lgbt-google.png

Apparently Google sees nothing worth celebrating in dropping the T:

lgb-google.png

But everyone can go separate:

lesbian-google.png

gay-google.png

bisexual-google.png

transgender-google.png

But not everyone in the T-community can:

crossdresser-google.png

transsexual-google.png

genderqueer-google.png

Slurs don't get a rainbow:

dyke-google.png

faggot-google.png

tranny-google.png

shim-google.png

"Pride" is too general, but Google knew what I was talking about when I told them why I'm proud:

gay-pride-google.png

But the other kind of gay pride is still in the closet:

gay-lions-google.png

I may have a problem with "homosexual," but Google doesn't (as it shouldn't):

homosexual-google.png

Google France isn't participating, because who wants to celebrate des sales pédés?

homosexuel-google.png

And drag queens are a definitely part of the community, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation:

drag-queen-google.png

But the I? Hmm... I do know that many of them don't see themselves are part of the general concept of queer:

intersex-google.png

Speaking of queer, our daily experiment is approved, but Google gently suggest dropping the "Q."

lgbtq1-google.png

But us ourselves? We'll have to work harder to become synonymous with the concept of queer.

bilerico-google.png

Brian Juergens at AfterElton.com played around with some words as well. And I found his post on this topic because I googled it.


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I'd rather see them put something on the front page, rather than slip it quietly under the radar. That's not exactly a proud thing to do. But then, the actual anniversary of Stonewall is still 9 or so days away, so we'll see....

Still, appreciating the inclusion here.

They usually only do front page stuff for a single day, so there's still a chance it's coming up.

It's funny 'cause you know all my lesbian books from the 90s use the word "dyke" as if it were any other term. Whoever decided it was a slur again, it wasn't lesbians.

SophiaBee | June 19, 2010 3:17 PM

Hmmm Transsexual is but Transsexual Woman/Man isn't?


spigliatezza | June 19, 2010 10:48 PM

I always wonder who at Google gets the job of coming up with this stuff.

Possibly all the GLBT people who work there ;)

spigliatezza | June 20, 2010 2:10 AM

This particular thing, yes, but I meant more of who gets to come up with all the designs they use for various holidays, etc. They have a lot of little things like that...

shim? i don't catch that one.

battybattybats battybattybats | June 20, 2010 6:47 AM

Combination of She and Him. Often used to disregard their gender identity.

battybattybats battybattybats | June 20, 2010 5:01 AM

Wow! What a very clever way to look supportive and inclusive but to do so only on the sly.

Google's supporting only from inside the closet it seems.

And leaving out Crossdressers, Transvestites (not a negative word in many countries the way it often is seen as in America) and Genderqueers is disgraceful!

As for Tranny, sorry Americans, i know for many of you thats a very derogatory term and i respect that but however many Australian Transsexuals still use that term as their personal identities so google.com.au at the least should respect that and not be culturally imperialist by treating it worldwide as a slur.

I hope they swiftly fix these insulting discriminatory ommissions and come out and put up something on their main page on the day.

Damn. I just did a Google for "Doc and Raider". The entire front page of hits is for the cartoon, bu no rainbow banner. I'm crushed.

I think this is awesome... Way to go, Google...

I've usually have good taste. No wonder I use Google. :) :)

If you type in pride 2010, SF pride, san francisco pride you get the same rainbow.