Today’s Google Doodle is more than just a reminder that the 2014 Winter Olympic Games’ opening ceremony is happening tonight in Sochi, Russia. It’s also a form of protest in support of the rights of gay, lesbian and bisexual athletes in the European country, which introduced anti-gay legislation in 2013.
The Doodle features athletes of different sports above each letter in Google’ and instead of using its own logo colours in the Doodle as it usually does, Google used the colours of the LGBT rainbow flag. Below the Doodle is a quote from the Olympic Charter that reads:
“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.”
Next to the above quote is a link to the Olympic Charter.
Russian president ,Vladimir Putin, signed anti-gay legislation into law last year and vowed to enforce it during the Olympics. Putin has already received heavy criticism for his stance and anti-gay laws, with UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, saying yesterday that “the arrests, imprisonments and discriminatory restrictions they [gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people] face”, must be opposed.