Google posted a “doodle” on Monday that features a cartoon depiction of a woman holding an LGBT flag.
The artwork honors the late Barbara May Cameron, a lesbian, on what would have been her 69th birthday. The piece was crafted by “queer Mexican and Chitimachan artist Sienna Gonzales,” according to Google.
“After coming out as a lesbian, Cameron moved to San Francisco in 1973 and advocated for LGBTQIA+ acceptance in the Native American community and addressed racism in queer spaces. In 1975, she co-founded Gay American Indians — the first ever dedicated Native American LGBTQIA+ group — with her friend and fellow activist Randy Burns,” Google noted. “From 1980 through 1985, she organized the Lesbian Gay Freedom Day Parade and Celebration. She also co-led a lawsuit against the Immigration & Naturalization Service which had a policy of turning away gay people. The case went before the Supreme Court and ruled in favor of Barbara and her co-plaintiffs who made persuasive arguments for change.”
“Cameron is remembered for her passionate writing and speeches, many of which are housed at the San Francisco Public Library. Her words live on through her essay, No Apologies: A Lakota Lesbian Perspective which is featured in Our Right To Love: A Lesbian Resource Book,” Google wrote. “Happy birthday Barbara May Cameron, thank you for working tirelessly to improve human rights and for giving queer Indigenous people a place to feel safe and belong.”
Gonzales, the artist behind the doodle, described it as a “privilege” to recognize Cameron “as a champion for queer Native American visibility.”
The dominant search engine is known for occasionally swapping out its standard logo for “doodles” that highlight a person, day, or cause.
“Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists,” according to the company.
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