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Who was Jackie Forster? Google Doodle celebrates 91st birthday of gay rights activist and TV reporter

Jackie Forster is not a name many will recognise, but her story is definitely worth getting to know.

Today’s Google Doodle marks her 91st birthday – here is all you need to know about the TV reporter and gay rights activist.

 Today's Google Doodle celebrates Jackie Forster's 91st birthdayGoogle Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Jackie Forster’s 91st birthday

Who was Jackie Forster?

Jackie Forster was born on November 6 1926.

She spent her early life in India before going to boarding school in England and Scotland.

The start of her career was in acting, and she moved to London in 1950.

After appearing in various West End productions, she made the move to TV reporting.

 Jackie Forster went from West End acting to TV reportingBBC Jackie Forster went from West End acting to TV reporting

She had her first lesbian affair during a lecture tour in Georgia in 1957, but married novelist Peter Forster in 1958.

However, she soon realised her true sexual identity and divorced him in 1962, going on to live in Canada.

She came out publicly in 1969 when she joined the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and went on to serve on its Executive Committee.

What is a Google Doodle?

In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message to that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.

The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.

 Jackie Forster has joined the group of people celebrated in Google DoodlesWikipedia Jackie Forster has joined the group of people celebrated in Google Doodles

In that same year, a turkey was added to Thanksgiving and two pumpkins appeared as the ‘o’s for Halloween the following year.

Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.

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