Silicon Valley Total Embrace of Gays

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    Jul 19, 2014 2:16 AM GMT
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    NYT: If it weren’t for the one naked guy, the furries with their articulated ears and the small gaggle of leather-clad members of the Society of Janus, this city’s 44th annual Pride parade in June could have been easily be mistaken for a technology conference.

    Every big company in the city and Silicon Valley — Netflix, Facebook, Google, Apple — each offering its own take on gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual pride, lined up along Spear Street before joining the one-mile parade route on Market Street.

    Netflix’s contingent marched carrying a blown-up poster featuring the women of “Orange Is the New Black,” with the slogan “Break Out the Pride.” The biotech giant Genentech’s group wore T-shirts proclaiming “Pride Is in Our Genes.” Facebook’s impossibly young employees wore shirts that announced “Pride Connects Us” and branded spectators with rubber stamps that read “Like,” with the familiar thumbs-up icon.

    And cannily tapping into both L.G.B.T. pride and World Cup fever was Google, whose hundreds of gay and lesbian employees (internally known as Gayglers) and their allies marched beside a glittering soccer-ball float while clapping thunder sticks and wearing soccer jerseys promoting YouTube’s #ProudToPlay campaign.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/fashion/silicon-valley-embrace-gay-and-lesbian-community.html
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    Jul 19, 2014 3:58 PM GMT
    I was looking for some explanation of why Apple did away with their original rainbow logo. Kind of odd that they wouldn't bring it back for a pride event...

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    Jul 20, 2014 6:43 PM GMT
    It truly is great to be living/working in a place like this, where so many people are enlightened, forward thinking, well educated and not just tolerant, but totally accepting and embracing all the various cultures around us. It is so out of style to be anything else around here, that if you were some sort of homophobic idiot, you'd keep it to yourself, or move back to Hardy, Arkansas or someplace very very backward.
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    Jul 20, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
    thanks or this post.
    I have never considered being employed an working there however I am notw strategizing towards that.
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    Jul 21, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI w. Kind of odd that they wouldn't bring it back for a pride event...




    Ha, ha. Who remembers that ?
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    Jul 21, 2014 4:24 PM GMT
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    mindgarden saidI w. Kind of odd that they wouldn't bring it back for a pride event...

    Ha, ha. Who remembers that ?

    My first Apple computer in 1983 had one, but a very small one. Going monochromatic was a design decision, the rainbow being too visually busy.

    And didn't lend itself to a simpler, more professionally commercial look on products. And for the larger Apple logos that Steve Jobs wanted to start using, right after he returned to resume control of the company. It was felt a big apple in rainbow colors looked childish on products, and on the new Apple stores, more like a toy store.

    As for reviving the Apple rainbow for Pride, the problem is that the colors aren't in the same order as the gay rainbow. For instance, green is at the top of the Apple, a decision the original designer made to make the leaf on top green. And the the bite's there so people won't think it's a tomato, NOT as an Adam and Eve, Tree of Knowledge reference.
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    Jul 22, 2014 5:47 PM GMT
    That's pretty cool I never realized that about the bite in it.