Google’s Legalize Love Campaign Aims To Protect Gayglers Across The Globe

    July 9, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Although Google’s high-profile, fierce opposition to California’s anti-gay marriage initiative Prop 8 plants the company firmly in the marriage equality camp, their latest pro-LGBT project isn’t really about gay marriage at all.

It’s about something even more basic – the rights of LGBT workers to be safe both inside and outside the workplace.

Dubbed “Legalize Love,” Google has announced the initiative as a “call to decriminalize homosexuality and eliminate homophobia around the world.”

First outlined at a global LGBT Workplace summit in London, the campaign will officially launch Monday as the first-ever Google Legalize Love Conference in London, as part of the World Pride celebrations.

Google provides more information on the campaign on their diversity page:

Though our business and employees are located in offices around the world, our policies on non-discrimination are universal throughout Google. We are proud to be recognised as a leader in LGBT inclusion efforts, but there is still a long way to go to achieve full equality. Legalise Love is our call to decriminalise homosexuality and eliminate homophobia around the world.

At Google, we encourage people to bring their whole selves to work. In all of our 60 offices around the world, we are committed to cultivating a work environment where Googlers can be themselves and thrive. We also want our employees to have the same inclusive experience outside of the office, as they do at work, and for LGBT communities to be safe and to be accepted wherever they are.

Google has always been one of the most outspoken on the issue of LGBT rights. For years, Google has celebrated LGBT pride month with colorful search results. But that small gesture is superficial compared to the real work they do.

This year alone, Gayglers (gay Googlers) and their supporters participated in pride celebrations all across the world in places like Sao Paulo, San Francisco, and Sydney. Google has been consistently against any measure that attempts to discriminate or marginalize the LGBT community and has even put their money where their mouth is by recently expanding their transgender benefits companywide.

  • http://www.motivationals.org Uncle Demotivator

    Gayglers? WTF? O_o

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/josh-wolford Josh Wolford

      Yep, that’s the official term, created by Google themselves.

    • knysna

      LOL, I wonder if they hand out condoms at the reception areas? They naturally need to combat aids. Or is aids part of the Gayglers love initiative? I wonder what transgender benefits they’re expanding? And what do you mean by “that small gesture is superficial compared to the real work they do”? Do they now allow hanky panky in the work place? Or am I missing something?

      • http://cass-hacks.com Craig

        Do companies pass out condoms to hetro’s at the reception desk?

        If you think that only gays are at risk and hetro’s don’t have to worry about safe sex, you’d think wrong.

        I can guess who WON”T ever be working for Google. 😉

        As for webmasters John, I’m sure Google supports you in your chosen sexual preference just as much as it does its employees.

        Oh, I’m sorry, I misread your comment. It’s ALL about you and only what you care about is what other people should care about. I get it.

  • john

    google – legalize love to webmasters, peoples who creating content for you and for peoples!!!

  • http://Mabuzi.com Kevin

    Go Google fly your colours, I like a brand that lets you know what it stands for an not those coward chicken people who have been secretely supporting anti gay marraige groups.