Google has unveiled a nifty new customised Google Map that lists gay “Places of Pride” around the world.
The tech giant says the map, which can be viewed here, gives the LGBTI community and allies a place to celebrate and remember their pride stories, memories, and moments, by marking their significant locations on the world map with a rainbow-coloured Pride Pin.
Patrick Hoffmann, from Google Maps’ Sydney team, said in a blog post that when he was younger he would’ve loved a map showing the worldwide scale of the queer community.
“Growing up as a rural Canadian farm boy, I hid my homosexuality for years, fearing that I was the ‘only gay in the village’ and that there was no support from my community,” he wrote.
“Although I was aware of a massive LGBTQI community in distant Toronto, I thought it was only confined to a tiny spot in the city centre that I rarely got a chance to visit. When I finally came out in my thirties — in Sydney, no less — I realised these ‘gaybourhoods’ are quite spread out.”