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Google's Pro-Gay Olympic Doodle Is Pretty Awesome

Colin Hale |
February 6, 2014 | 4:32 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Google's doodle for Feb. 6, 2014/via Google
Google's doodle for Feb. 6, 2014/via Google
Google hasn't shied away in the past from taking political positions in its popular Doodle images on its Google.com homepage. 

Thursday's doodle is no exception. It features a rainbow-colored illustration of popular Winter Olympic sports, including alpine skiing, hockey, curling, and ice skating.

Google's homepage also includes a quote from the Olympic Charter regarding discrimination, a reference towards Russia's strict anti-gay laws that have drawn criticism from many pro-gay advocates: 

"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." –Olympic Charter

Earlier in the week, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said that his organization stands "against any kind of discrimination for whatever reason."

According to the Los Angeles Times, Bach was also open to adding specific language in the Olympic charter that "specifically addresses discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

Meanwhile, several LGBT athletes competing in Sochi have indicated that they plan on protesting Russia's anti-gay laws. Winter Olympics organizers have insisted that protests will not be tolerated by the athletes during official ceremonies. 

Check out Google's doodle for Feb. 6th here. Google.ru, the Russian homepage for Google, also featured Thursday's Doodle.

Read more about the LGBT community protesting the Sochi Winter Olympics at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Los Angeles Times.

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