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  1. FYoung
    February 7, 2014

    Actually, I am rather disappointed by Google’s initiative. I think it’s too subtle to raise awareness of the suicides and violence that LGBTs already face in Russia, much less warn of the risk of genocide if Russia continues to promote fascism and xenophobia.

    I am hyper-aware of the Gay Pride rainbow. I spot it everywhere, but I missed it when I used the Google search page because Google doesn’t use the standard Gay Pride colours (which have a darker blue and a brighter red, yellow and green) and Google separates each colour with a white dividing line, unlike the Gay Pride rainbow. So, I doubt that anybody else will make the connection from the design alone, especially in Russia where only a few gay people have a clue about the rainbow. (even in Eurrope, the rainblow is often associated with the anti-war movement)

    Also, the Olympic Charter quote makes no mention of LGBT rights. I would have preferred if Google had made an explicit statement supporting LGBT rights generally (“Gay rights are human rights” would do nicely.) or at least LGBT non-discrimination in sports. Russians see no connection whatsoever between human rights and LGBT rights.

    Google’s initiative will give some Russian LGBTs the idea that somebody cares; so, I guess it’s better than nothing.

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