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Google Celebrates 50 Years of LGBTQ+ History

Google honours 50 years of LGBTQ+ history
Google honours 50 years of LGBTQ+ history

Marking five decades of Stonewall riots, the Google doodle for Tuesday celebrated pride in a series of illustrations that depicted the history of the LGBTQ+ community

The Google doodle for Tuesday comprised a series of illustrations that celebrated the 50-year-long history of the LGBTQ+ community.

The illustrations encompassed all significant movements, from the five decade-old Stonewall riots to the contemporary global celebration of pride.

The Stonewall riots marked a series of violent protests, led by the gay community, against police raid. It began on June 28, 1969 and lasted for nearly five days.

Also referred to as the Stonewall rebellion, the demonstrations were held at a popular gay bar named Stonewall Inn. in Manhattan, New York City.

The uprising is widely seen as a turning point for gay activism. It is also the most important events amongst those leading up to the gay liberation movement in the United States.

The illustrations also included the recognition of the rainbow flag as a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride.

The flag was first made popular at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade of June 1978.

Inter alia, the doodle traced landmark decisions across nations, favouring the LGBTQ+.

In 2000, Netherlands became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage. In 2002, UK legalised transgender marriages. In 2004, transgender athletes were included in the Olympics.

Nearly four decades after Sweden became the first nation to allow gender reassignment surgery, in 2007, Nepal became the first to recognize the third gender.  

In 2015, the United States and Ireland legalised same-sex marriage. In 2017, Taiwan Constitutional Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage.

In 2018, India decriminalised homosexuality.

And in June of 2019, nearly 200 cities across 46 nations are celebrating pride and love, marking 50 years of Stonewall.