Microsoft Surface Pro owners can now flaunt their pride with a special Type Cover and Skin
Apple Watch 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.