June is Pride Month and we’re celebrating with tech
We’ve always been big supporters of diversity in STEM, and with June being Pride Month, we’re highlighting the tech brands celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in fun – colourful – ways. The following limited-edition releases are some of our favourites.
1. Instagram’s stickers for feed posts and stories
Along with curating a series of inclusive hashtags to appear in rainbow gradient – #lgbtq, #loveislove, #equality etc – this year Instagram has added a range of fun stickers to use in feed posts and stories. If you tag your stories as pro-pride you’ll score a fun rainbow frame around them too!
2. Google’s celebratory Pride Month search
As part of the company’s Pride Month celebrations, Google has added a bit of fun to some of June’s most-important search words. When you type “Pride”, “Pride month” or similar pro LGBTQ+ terms into google.com.au, animated confetti and flags will cover the page. Fabulous, right?!
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3. Apple’s Pride Month Edition Braided Solo Loop
Just like last June, and the one before, the Apple watch has had a multicoloured mid-year makeover. The bright, Pride Edition Braided Solo Loop is a colourful take on the OG black band, sending a message of inclusivity and company support for queer communities across the globe. The company’s gay CEO Tim Cook tweeted in support of the celebratory launch from his personal account too, which has been ‘liked’ over over 3.2k times.
4. Facebook’s new mental health resources
Post backgrounds, custom avatars and celebratory stickers are just some of the ways you can show your pride on FB this month – and with over 34,000 public LGBTQ support groups active on the platform, we’re guessing our feeds will be covered in rainbows. A stack of cute emojis have been added to messenger too, as well as new support initiatives to provide additional mental health resources – and FB community groups – for LGBTQ+ communities.
5. Increased support for transgender drivers
As a company dedicated to celebrating the diversity of its employees, Uber has used Pride Week as an opportunity to launch a new set of Gender Transition Guidelines for employees. One of the many updated company terms now enables trans and non-binary drivers to display their self-identified chosen first names, without requiring the display of their legal ones. Other updates include an enhanced process of handling discrimination incidents and company-wide LGBTQIA+ bystander training.
Author: Cassie Steel
As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.