Here’s what happens when you type Pride in Google Sheets
Since time immemorial, the LGBTQ community has faced discrimination, and its members have been treated as outcasts. And as the fight against these prejudices continues, the community and its allies have held Pride marches and organized events to claim their space in society legitimately. One of those annual events that celebrate the LGBTQ community’s fight is ‘Gay Pride Month in June. This is the month that typically sees increased efforts to raise community awareness and increased involvement by various groups, including businesses and certain governments, in advocating for LGBTQ rights. And Google is also unveiling its contribution with an Easter egg.
If you wrote “PRIDE” in the Google Sheet columns, you would find a pleasant surprise. Give it a try and see how the leaf turns into rainbow colors signifying LGBTQ pride.
Paul Stamitaou, a designer at Twitter, tweeted this information Wednesday with a screenshot proving the same.
“I just found out that if you type PRIDE in the Google Sheet columns, it does,” he wrote. The tweet soon gained traction, and at the time of writing, it had already been liked by nearly 3,000 people and had been retweeted by more than 500 accounts. Many reacted after trying the same on their system. Interestingly, it wasn’t limited to just English. One user showed that the code also worked in Portuguese.
“I had to try this, and it’s true! Incredible!” wrote @AmandaK_Data.
Had to test this out, and it's true!! Amazing! 🌈
— Amanda (@AmandaK_Data) June 10, 2021
There was a user who demonstrated it by recording his screen live.
Here are some more reactions:
Curious; it works with formulae as well:
I added the actual characters in various rows and columns that aren't the homerow, and using `=[cell]` to map the characters back results in the same effect. Neato! pic.twitter.com/Tj6QNsJUvZ
— (ᐛ)xImaginaryMemoryAddy::Ed (@ebelliveau) June 9, 2021
Google’s cool Easter egg for the LGBTQ community brought joy to many, as seen in the responses to Stamitaou’s tweet, but do you know how the rainbow flag became a symbol of LGBTQ pride? In honor of the victims of the June 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, the month came to be recognized as LGBTQ Pride Month. But it wasn’t before 1978 that the first rainbow flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker, who was openly gay and a drag queen.
Later, Baker said that Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States, had implored him to create a flag for the community. The artist saw the rainbow as a natural flag from the sky and adopted eight colors for the stripes. Each color of the flag has a specific meaning: hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for the spirit.