Google is showing its Pride in a secret new way!

In case you haven’t noticed, Google has left a software surprise for all its users in honor of Pride month. The tech company that has taken over the world is known for its incredibly creative Google doodles that commemorate important moments in history, international observances, and other celebratory fanfare. But this time, Google has snuck in a secret hack that only the fiercest in-the-know spreadsheet creators will experience, Henny!

Okay, I’ll share it with you here.

Typically, if you open up the Sheets platform on Google you will get a basic all-white celled spreadsheet. But for pride month, Google wants to turn your data organizing into a beautiful rainbow.

Once your blank spreadsheet is open, start in cell A1 and type the letter ‘p’ and press ENTER or TAB to switch to cell B1. Continue typing each letter of the word PRIDE in a separate cell and when you reach ‘e’ and press ENTER you’ll see the magical Pride display take over your spreadsheet.

If you delete any of the letters, the rainbow will disappear. So if you want to keep your rainbow spreadsheet, simply hid row 1 and you can proceed per usual. You don’t have to be a tech guru to do it!

Happy Pride from Google, ya’ll!

Pride Event Takes Place In Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp

Here’s an inspiring story to start off the week with some positivity. This weekend, the first ever LGBTQ+ pride in a refugee camp took place.

Rainbow flags flew and demonstrators marched through Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp. The organizers of the event were from Refugee Flag Kakuma, and most of the participants were LGBTQ+ refugees who fled from neighboring Uganda.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda. The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed in Dec. 2013, inciting a punishment of life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.” Violent and brutal attacks against LGBTQ+ people are common in the country, often carried out by state officials.

Rlwage Eibusone, a Ugandan transgender refugee who marched in the parade, told AFP: “I’m really happy. I feel like I am with my family and I’m very happy for it.”

A statement from Refugee Flag Kakuma read: "The very first pride event, in Kakuma refugee camp, was fabulous…The event was so colourful, with two LGBTIQ friends and comrades from the USA and England.

“We thank everyone, who has helped out in any capacity to see that our event is a success. May the almighty God bless you all, we love you all, thanks for your good heart and support.”

The slogan of the event was “Stop Homophobia.” Crowdfunding raised thousands of dollars for the parade.

Kakuma refugee camp is the third largest of its kind in the world, housing over 185,000 refugees.

h/t: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/06/18/pride-event-takes-place-inside-refugee-camp/

Thousands Turn Out for Pride Parade in Kiev, Ukraine

On Saturday, thousands of LGBTQ+ rights supporters showed up for a gay pride parade in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

The Associated Press reports about 5,000 people were on hand for the march. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry estimated about 2,000 people showed up; organizers of the parade were saying the number was as high as 6,000.

The parade lasted for about 20 minutes. Protestors tried to block the marching seven times, but were strong-armed by police.

The first major pride parade was held in Kiev in 2016 after a pro-Western government came to power. In 2015, a pride march was called off when right-wing protestors shot participants with smoke grenades.

h/t: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/apxthousands-hold-gay-pride-march-in-ukrainian-capital-of-kiev/

Shanghai Pride Participants Celebrated The Event's 10th Anniversary

Shanghai Pride is nearing its end, but those who participated are hopeful for its future and the future of LGBTQ people in China.

This year’s Shanghai Pride marks its 10th anniversary and many celebrated (and some still are).

The theme for the 2018 version is “our community, our identity, our pride.” The event is still ongoing and will continue until the 18th, but many of the 40 scheduled events such as the Pink Brunch, the sexual harassment awareness panel, trivia night, some of the film festival, and more have already finished.

With the end of the event nearing, many are looking back at this year’s Shanghai pride and also the journey of LGBTQ people in China.

“None of us imagined we’d organize ten of these,” said Shanghai Pride cofounder Charlene Liu to TIME. “I came out through Shanghai Pride, I met my wife through Shanghai Pride, so today is very emotional for us.”

Historically, China had a fruitful relationship with homosexuality. Several Chinese emperors had homosexual relationships and ancient Chinese annals celebrated same-sex love.

Unfortunately, the Westernization of the country led to a toxic attitude towards LGBTQ life and love. This has continued all the way to today’s ruling Communist Party, which is officially atheist but carries a lot of that earlier homophobic mentality.


Celebrating 10 years of #shanghaipride

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Since then, the Chinese government has shown inconsistent treatment of LGBTQ people. The country’s officials state that LGBTQ people have rights like any other and support LGBTQ businesses like gay app Blued, but they censor LGBTQ media and prohibit large gatherings of LGBTQ people.

The latter was a source of concern for Brian Song, who helped to organize Shanghai Pride’s The Journey of Light choir concert.

“We were a little bit worried that maybe our concert would get canceled because of the current environment regarding LGBT in the media,” he says. “We’re not really free to publicize our community right now.”

That said, attitudes towards LGBTQ people are slowly changing for Chinese people.

For instance, many social media users complained and protested when Weibo, essentially China’s Twitter, tried to ban gay content in April. In addition, the Chinese government then shared that it supported LGBTQ people on the site.

With ten years under its belt and a slow shift in support for LGBTQ people, the participants of Shanghai Pride have a lot to be thankful for and are looking forward to the future.

“There is more and more awareness right now, which is good, so I think people will get more accepting of what we do, who we are,” said Garbo Huang from Hong Kong, who’s lived in Shanghai for seven years. “We’ll just keep on marching forward.”


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h/t: TIME Magazine

Gay Boxer Orlando Cruz To Be Honored In Chicago

Legendary Boxer Orlando “El Fenonmeno” Cruz is famous for being a fantastic boxer and also being an openly gay one.

Cruz came out as gay in 2011 to the acceptance of friends, family, and fans. Having that weight off his chest helped him become the third ranked boxer in the division of featherweight for the World Boxing Organization Latino.

Now, he’s being honored by the city of Chicago in two upcoming events.

Orlando Cruz will be honored during Chicago’s Puerto Rican People’s Parade in Humboldt Park and then later honored at Chicago’s Pride parade.

Ricardo Jimenez, a director at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park, said they chose Cruz for the honor because they want to spotlight the life and career of a successful gay man.

“I thought it was very important, today, when we talk about LGBT rights, Latinos start to accept the reality that (LGBT Latinos) are part of society and are to be respected,” Jimenez told the ChicagoTribune.

Cruz, who normally lives in Miami, will be heading up to Chicago to participate in both of these events. He’ll be crowned the first “Cacique King” of the Puerto Rican parade in honor of Puerto Rico’s Taino roots.

That said, this announcement comes during an important time in Cruz’s career. He says he’s planning to retire after about two more matches.

Afterwards, he wants to focus on youth empowerment and possibly opening up his own gym to train the next generation of boxers.

On top of that, Cruz wants to help LGBTQ youth who are struggling with their sexuality or gender identity. He says he doesn’t want youth to have to struggle like he did when he was younger.

 “To the young people that are going through what I went through — be yourself,” Cruz said in Spanish. “Don’t be scared about what you feel, don’t be scared to say your feelings, to look for professional help. And don’t for anything try to take your life.”

If you want to see Cruz for yourself, and you’re in the Chicago area, you can see him at both the People’s Puerto Rican Parade and the Chicago Pride Parade.

The People’s Puerto Rican Parade starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Division Street and Western Avenue. Then, the Chicago Pride Parade starts at noon June 24 at Montrose Avenue and North Broadway.

New Jersey is Seeing Rainbows With Their New Crosswalks!

New Jersey is having the best pride ever! The small town of Maplewood is the first city/town in New Jersey to get a permanent rainbow crosswalk. And it is the first rainbow crosswalk on a county road. Located at the intersection of Oakview and Valley Street, the colorful display of pride is getting attention from locals and others who are visiting just to see the new attraction.

Maplewood joins the ranks of some major cities that have permanent rainbow crosswalks like San Francisco, Philadelphia, and West Hollywood. Check out the list of some others here!

NJ.com reports that Dean Dafis, the first openly gay committee member of the Maplewood Township, lead the initiative that saw its share of multiple approvals from the city council and the county.

Dafis says:

We want to do something that would serve as a permanent marker or symbol of our commitment to inclusion.

I wanted it to be something you can encounter every day. We want our youth in particular -- perhaps those struggling to find their way, those in need of empowerment and affirmation -- to proudly cross or walk over their fear and self-doubt.

While many towns have striped their crosswalks in the colors of the rainbow before for Pride, no town in New Jersey has ever done so on a County Road (Valley) and very few towns in the world have done so in permanent fashion as we are doing. This is a historic achievement and one which once again marks Maplewood as a leader and crusader in diversity, inclusion, and equal treatment. When we commit to something here, we do it BIG!

New Jersey will now be able to celebrate pride all year long!

h/t: NJ.com

Some Angry Boston Fans Demand a Straight Pride Night After Red Sox Paint Pitcher's Mound Rainbow

For June 7th’s home game against the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox admirably painted their pitcher’s mound rainbow for LGBTQ+ Pride Night.

Some [reasonable] people were thrilled, others not so much. In fact, a horde of angry fans took to Twitter expressing their dismay.

Among the tweets are several pleas for a "Straight Pride" week, or even month. 

Some anti-LGBTQ+ drama queens even went as far as to claim this signals the end of baseball. 

Fortunately, some clever and funny fans were fast to clap back: 

For more of the angry tweets, as well as some clever Twitter rebuttals, check out the link below.

h/t: https://www.advocate.com/sports/2018/6/11/red-sox-fans-triggered-over-lgbt-pride-call-straight-night


Oversold LA Pride Festival Gets Locked Down, Hundreds Turned Away

Hundreds were turned away from West Hollywood’s Pride Festival on Saturday night, including many people who’d purchased tickets.

Over 100,000 have people turned out for the LA Pride Festival, meant to run before and after Sunday’s Pride Parade,

Saturday’s oversold festival was meant to run from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. but hit capacity at 10 p.m., causing the fire marshal and local law enforcement to crack down and enforce barriers. People who left the venue and returned were not allowed to come back inside, either.

According to NBC Los Angeles, disturbances broke out around the will call window and in the street, and an LA County Sheriff’s Department officer was assaulted.

Check out the link below for helicopter footage of the scene on Santa Monica Boulevard.

h/t: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Pride-Festival-in-West-Hollywood-at-Capacity-485060791.html

Homophobes And LGBTQ Creators Complained In Droves After Youtube Uploaded A Pride Video

Youtube has released its official LGBTQ Pride video for 2018 and haters flooded it.

The video features several LGBTQ celebrities such as Olympian Adam Rippon, singers Janelle Monae and Hayley Kiyoko, Youtuber Tyler Oakley, and more.

The message behind the video is Pride and the creation of LGBTQ content in many mediums.

That said, haters flooded the video to give it over 113,000 dislikes. In addition, several comments held negative words like, “This is trash,” or “I lost braincells watching this rubbish.”

On top of that, there were also comments criticizing Youtube and calling the company a hypocrite.

"Thanks for screwing over creators for the past year," said one commentor.

"But you guys still demonetize people for acknowledging their LGBT lives in video titles?" asked another.

The video platform has had many controversies over censoring LGBTQ content in the past few years. Last year, LGBTQ youtubers became aware that the site was hiding their content behind a “restricted mode” wall. After several Youtubers complained, the company released a statement apologizing and saying that it would rework the censor's algorithm.

That said, video creators are still reporting problems this year. For instance, singer (and lead actor for the South African film The Wound/The Inxeba) Nakhane found earlier this year that the music video for his single “Clairvoyant” had been censored.

With haters swarming the video and jilted LGBTQ youtubers leaving criticizing comments, it seems that this year’s Pride video on Youtube was a big mess.

What Do You Think of This New Pride Flag Design?

When Gilbert Baker created the iconic Rainbow Flag 40 years ago, he expressed that the design should evolve over time to promote inclusivity and symbolize progress.

In June 2017, Philadelphia unveiled a new design with black and brown stripes added, and public response wasn’t favorable. Many found the design redundant, uninspired… and not aesthetically pleasing.

Now an artist named Daniel Quasar has started a $14,000 Kickstarter to promote a new design. It’s undeniably more creative than the poorly-received Philly take, incorporating the soft pinks and blues from the Transgender Pride Flag, along with the brown and black stripe, in an arrow formation to symbolize progress.

“When the Pride flag was recreated in the last year to include both black/brown stripes as well as the trans stripes included this year, I wanted to see if there could be more emphasis in the design of the flag to give it more meaning,” writes Quasar, who identifies as a “queer, non-binary guy.”

“The initial idea was important because I felt like I could bring something to the table when it came to the way the flag was shifting within the community. I am a designer and I wanted to make a change where I saw there was an opportunity. A positive change, in my mind at least,”

There are many reasons one could argue in favor of the changes made to the flag. Here’s a big one: the 1969 Stonewall riots.

If you were one of the six or seven people who happened to catch the God-awful Roland Emmerich movie Stonewall (it enjoys a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed a jaw-droppingly abysmal $292,000 worldwide against a $17 million budget) and took is as fact, you might believe the Stonewall riots were started by a smoking hot white boy with a perfect jawline and and eight-pack who threw the “first brick.” But that’s not true. Though there’s no concrete evidence on record, many accounts say the first brick was thrown by a queer woman of color.

Rev. Irene Monroe witnessed the riots firsthand. “The Stonewall Riot … started on the backs of working-class African American and Latino queers who patronized that bar,” she says. “Those black and brown LGBTQ people are not only absent from the photos of that night but have been bleached from its written history.”

So, what do you think? Is the new design a step forward, or is it unnecessary?

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/danielquasar/progress-a-pride-flag-reboot

h/t: https://www.advocate.com/pride/2018/6/08/will-everyone-feel-included-artists-new-pride-flag