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Google marks Gay Pride month by adding a rainbow

We take a look at some of the best Google Doodles over the years….

GOOGLE IS MARKING Gay and Lesbian pride month by adding a rainbow to its search function whenever the terms ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, ‘transgender’ or similar are searched for.

The rainbow is a symbol of gay pride, and rainbow flags are flying in Dublin this week to mark the Gay Pride Festival, which will culminate with a parade this Saturday in the city centre.

Google has taken a stance on gay issues in the past, publicly opposing Proposition 8 – the gay marriage ban in California – in 2008.

Yesterday saw a Google Doodle appropriate for Father’s Day on the search giant’s homepage – an image of a tie, while the company designed an interactive doodle for the lunar eclipse last week. And remember the excellent touch to mark the 96th birthday of late guitar legend Les Paul?

Google has been adding touches in the form of doodles to its homepage since 2000. Here are some of the most memorable….

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  • The first ever Google Doodle

    The doodle represents Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin attending the Burning Man festival in the US in 1998.
  • Andy Warhol's birthday

    This 2002 doodle marked the birthday of Andy Warhol
  • 50th anniversary of DNA

    In 2003 this marked the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix
  • Sesame Street

    This doodle marked the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street
  • Large Hadron Collider

    2008 image celebrating the Large Hadron Collider
  • Louis Braille's birthday

    Marking the birthday of Louis Braille in 2006
  • Lego anniversary

    Marking the 50th anniversary of Lego in 2008
  • Invention of laser

    A 2008 Google doodle marking the invention of lasers
  • 30th anniversary of Pac-Man

    Google turned their website into a game for the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man
  • William and Kate

    Celebrating the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in May
  • Father's Day 2011

    Yesterday's Google doodle marking Father's Day
  • Irish Google Doodle winner 2011

    A doodle by Layla Karpuz from Mary, Mother of Hope Junior National School in Dublin. The doodle appears on on 9 March
  • Gay Pride month

    Google's rainbow marks Gay Pride month