Monday, July 28, 2014

Google's secret Gay Pride Easter eggs

In honor of Pride Month, Google celebrated with a nifty little Easter egg in its Google Docs program. If you open a new spreadsheet document, and type "pride", one letter in each column, you'll get a rainbow-colored spreadsheet:


This actually isn't the only Easter egg that Google has launched for Gay Pride month — a rainbow banner appears if you search for terms like "gay pride" on Google's site:

Screen_shot_2014-06-26_at_10.53.07_am Google has used Easter eggs as enjoyable secret messages and inside jokes in the past. In this case, these Gay Pride Easter eggs seem to affirm the company's pro-gay rights stance. In 2008, the company publicly opposed Proposition 8, the California measure to take away marriage rights from same-sex couples. And on Google's official site, the company states:

Though our business and employees are located in offices around the world, our policies on non-discrimination are universal throughout Google. We are proud to be recognized as a leader in LGBT inclusion efforts—but there’s still a long way to go.

New York City and San Francisco are celebrating Pride this weekend.

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