Even if we aren't the gayest city in America anymore, LGBT people everywhere still have high expectations of us when it comes to displaying our gayness. Perhaps that's why Google's genuine effort to celebrate the month of Gay Pride with its rainbow doodle just isn't, well, gay enough for some.
Don't do it yet, but when you Google the words "gay" or "lesbian" you will see the small rainbow tucked around the end of the search bar. But curiously when you type in any variation of those words, such as gay civil rights, lesbian avengers, or even the name of a gay icon like Harvey Milk, the power rainbow mysteriously disappears.
So why aren't the gays getting an entire rainbow on every search, when other special holidays and months get full-blown Google doodles? As the Atlantic's Nicholas Jackson asks
in an article he penned this week: Is Google,
which is a well-known gay-friendly place, trying to dodge potential backlash from those who still oppose gay rights?
According to Jackson:
There have been Doodles for Sesame Street, Veterans Day, and Vivaldi. We've seen Doodles for Pi Day and Pac-Man. Why, then, has Google shied away from a Doodle in celebration of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month?A Google spokeswoman told SF Weekly that it's difficult to decide.
I just want the same treatment as Vivaldi, who was properly celebrated even 269 years after his death.Follow us on Twitter at @SFWeekly and @TheSnitchSF