Between anti-bullying campaigns, inclusive options for LGBT users, and the creation of educational support networks, Facebook is one of the most pro-gay public companies around.
Over the weekend, they were honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for their work in supporting the LGBT community.
At that ceremony, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave a pre-recorded address to the audience, where she thanked GLAAD for recognizing Facebook’s hard work and commitment to being an ally of the gay community. Although plenty of Facebook’s users would not agree with her stance on equality for LGBT people, Sandberg obviously has no problem speaking for Facebook the company and positioning them as a staunch supporter of gay rights.
“For two decades, GLAAD has recognized those who promote understanding, increase acceptance and advance equality,” said Sandberg. “This is incredibly important and I couldn’t be more pleased that Facebook is among those being honored by GLAAD this year. I’m thankful that GLAAD has recognized our commitment to helping young people make safe, smart and responsible choices online and offline. We’re committed to helping people express who they really are.”
She goes on to talk about how Facebook’s relationship status choices like “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership” help Facebook “reflect real relationships.”
Check out her video to the gay community below:
Facebook was given this award for a number of reasons, according to GLAAD. These include their part in paunching the “Stop Bullying” Speak Up” campaign last year, their options for users to declare “civil unions” as relationship status, their support of “Spirit Day,” as well as the fact that their Help Center now includes resources for LGBT people.
Other people/media entities that received GLAAD media awards include Oprah, Lady Gaga, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, and Dancing With The Stars.[h/t VentureBeat]