Google’s Homepage Takes Stab At Russian Anti-Gay Laws


The outcry over Russia’s laws against supposed gay “propaganda” has been one of the defining stories in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, with various world leaders, athletes, and sponsors speaking out against restrictions that effectively make any public support for LGBT rights a crime.

On Thursday night, one of the internet’s biggest websites took aim at Russia’s anti-LGBT laws in a way that’s sure to be noticed by Olympics viewers everywhere. In the newest version of its ever-changing homepage doodle, Google has superimposed drawings of six olympic athletes — from downhill skiing, ice hockey, curling, bobsled, figure skating, and snowboarding — onto the colors of the rainbow flag. Underneath that image, there’s a quote from the Olympic charter that serves as a sharp rebuke to any form of discrimination:

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

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