users have long been able to show their support for the LGBTQI+ community with special rainbow-colored bands
and watch faces
, and now owners of Microsoft's popular Surface Pro tablets can do the same with the purchase of a limited-edition keyboard accessory inspired by the Stonewall uprising.
Priced at $159.99
, just like a standard new version of the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, the Pride model commemorates the events of 1969, when a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community broke out against a police raid in Manhattan, New York City.
Nodding to the "era of graphic design" at the time of the Stonewall riots, the Surface Pro Pride Type Cover features a typographical treatment combining the simple use of the word "pride" with a modern take on the rainbow flag that adds black and brown to further symbolize "inclusion and diversity."
That may sound a tad... all over the map, but at least based on Microsoft's official product images, it works beautifully in combining all the symbolism while maintaining a somewhat subdued sense of style. In other words, this thing won't look out of place when paired with your Surface Pro 6
, 5, or 4, as is sometimes the case with special accessories dedicated to a certain cause.
Speaking of the cause itself, it's definitely worth highlighting that Microsoft plans to donate a total of $100,000 to a number of LGBTQI+ nonprofits in celebration of the Surface Pro Pride Type Cover.
The Pride-themed keyboard is up for pre-order right now ahead of a June 27 release, but if you can't afford to spend a full 160 bucks, Microsoft is also selling a $14.99 Surface Pro Pride Skin
(that can be shipped right away) with a snazzy combination of colors evoking both "technology and the digital age" while symbolizing the "growth, expansion, and strength of the LGBTQI+ community" as well. Oh, and did we mention the skin, like the keyboard, looks super-snazzy and cool? Well, it does.