Google doesn’t often get political, but on the issue of rights for gay people, the company is unequivocal: “LGBT Rights Are Human Rights” it proclaims on a Web page describing its new project Legalise Love–an international campaign to promote safer conditions for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people inside and outside the office.
“We are proud to be recognized as a leader in LGBT inclusion efforts, but there is still a long way to go to achieve full equality,” Google writes on its diversity website. “Legalise Love is our call to decriminalise homosexuality and eliminate homophobia around the world.”
Google launched the campaign in London on Monday at the first ever Legalise Love Conference. But the campaign is still a work in progress. A spokesman for the company said Google is going to start by gathering people from aorund the world who are already engaged in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activism, and hopefully identify ways to support Google employees who live in countries that have anti-gay employment practices or have anti-gay laws on the books.
“This really doesn’t effect the U.S. or many of the countries where we have offices,” the spokesman said.
Google has a history of being “out” about its support of gay rights. In 2008, Google founder Sergey Brin took a public stand against Prop. 8, the California proposition that would make it illegal for people of the same gender to marry each other.
“…while there are many objections to this proposition — further government encroachment on personal lives, ambiguously written text — it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8,” hewrote.
There seems to be a lot of support for the gay community coming out of Silicon Valley recently. Facebook recently rolled out two new timeline icons that show two little grooms and two little brides to help gay newlyweds announce their nuptials more accurately.