In the 50 years since the Stonewall Riots of 1969, Pride Month has become a global phenomenon, with parades, music festivals, brand partnerships and more becoming synonymous with the month of June for many. Today (June 4), Google celebrates the progress we’ve made in their new Doodle.
Google has unveiled their latest interactive Doodle, a slideshow charting the progression of Pride celebrations. The slideshow begins in 1969, outside of the Stonewall Inn before the infamous police raid took place. Over the course of the next few slides, more and more people begin to fill the screen as Pride celebrations get larger and more festive. The final slide shows 2019, with a vast crowd of rainbow-colored celebrants ringing in Pride season.
In a statement accompanying the Doodle, artist Nate Swinehart said that creating the slideshow was important to him, as a member of the LGBTQ community. “I have witnessed the strides forward for queer people over the decades, and today, many of us celebrate a level of freedom I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams while I was growing up,” he said. “I’m hopeful for the future and a day when everyone, regardless of their identification, can stand and march proudly in celebration.”
Google Doodle art director Erich Nagler also weighed in on the project, saying it was inspiring to see the LGBTQ rights movement grow out of New York City’s Greenwich Village. “Over the past 50 years, that powerful spirit of pride has spread from Christopher Street to other streets and neighborhoods and communities, connecting people all around the world,” he said. “That expanding spirit of love and acceptance is something we’ve hoped to capture in today’s Doodle.”
You can read more about the making of the new Doodle on the site.