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Google's secret Gay Pride Easter eggs

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

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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