Google goes gay for the Olympics, likely breaks Russian anti-gay propaganda law

Go to Google. She’s gotten a wee bit queer for the Olympics.

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And it seems to be worldwide. We checked the Nigerian and Russian sites, and they’re Olympically gay too.

Google is going all rainbow, clearly, to support gay rights, and gay athletes at the Olympics.  Russia has recently cracked down on its gay and trans community, passing a “gay propaganda” ban last summer that effectively makes it illegal to say or do anything perceived as pro-gay.  A newspaper editor was recently fined three-month’s wages for quoting a gay person saying something positive about being gay, and a gay youth support group is also now being charged under the  law.

That Google Russia site in particular probably is in violation of Russian law.

Google Russia:

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And here’s Google Nigeria, which has also had its run in with draconian anti-gay wackiness:

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And even Google Iran (not known for being a hotbed of homo-goodness):

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  • URHate

    At the same time Google tries to promote themselves using gay rights, they tell users to report sexual minorities just for pictures – the epitome of bigotry and hypocrisy.

  • Anonymous

    Very symbolic

  • BloggerDave

    Hooray for the Fifth Snowflake which refused to turn into a Ring….

  • Aaron_000

    After reading your reply I checked again and you are indeed right. It is back now. I should have grabbed a screenshot when I had the chance. I checked several different Google sites (Canada, US, Russia, England, and Nigeria) and they all only had the first sentence about sport being a human right. Maybe someone messing with Google’s doodle?

  • Zorba

    Just looked at Google, and the competing without discrimination sentence is still showing up for me.

  • AnthonyLook

    Changed my server to Google today.

  • Aaron_000

    Google has since removed the sentence about competing without discrimination.

  • Tom in Lazybrook

    First arrests of gay protesters in Russia since the games began. Four people in St Petersburg have been arrested for simply marching with signs quoting the Olympic Charter. They remain in jail. http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/russia-makes-first-gay-arrests-sochi-olympics070214

  • Drew2u

    Oh, looks like other people are being arrested, not just equality protestors:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/world/europe/environmental-groups-denounce-arrests-of-ecologists-near-olympic-sites.html

    “The initial brunt of a police crackdown on protesters at the Winter Olympics — originally expected to target gay rights groups — has instead fallen on environmental activists.

    Over the past week, the police have detained two ecologists, ostensibly for violating the public order, and a third has said she intends to leave Sochi to avoid a similar fate.

    The arrests raised alarms from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which criticized the stringent controls that the Russian authorities have placed on public shows of dissent in the vicinity of Olympic sites.”

  • Drew2u

    Oh, we all know that Google is actually expressing the flag of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region:
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0e/Flag_of_the_Jewish_Autonomous_Oblast.svg/115px-Flag_of_the_Jewish_Autonomous_Oblast.svg.png

    Either that, or they’re celebrating what a lot of us will see during the olympics:
    http://parshina.com/aefall2013/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/tv-colorbars-300×225.jpeg

  • S1AMER

    Brilliant! Thanks for the clever gesture, Google!

    And take that, Pootie-Poot!

  • Ninong

    What about NBC’s rainbow-feathered peacock? Is NBC secretly trying to turn Sochi gay just to prove its mayor wrong?

  • pappyvet

    Good for them.

  • Steven Leahy

    This is cool as heck. Congrats Google on doing the right thing!

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