Google has a long history of support for Pride celebrations around the world. In 2011, over one thousand Googlers participated in Pride celebrations in a dozen cities to support equality. To date in 2012, more than 1,500 Googlers have marched in Pride celebrations, including Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv and Warsaw. However, it’s not just through Pride that we show our support for the LGBT community. At Mardi Gras in Sydney, we hosted two Queer Thinking seminars on Activism in the Internet Age and Queer Careers.
And in July Gayglers from over a dozen counties celebrated at World Pride in London where they were joined by one million visitors from around the world.
Convening Thought Leaders
We’re always looking for ways to educate the broader community about LGBT rights and inclusion, through seminars, trainings and conferences hosted at Google. As part of the World Pride celebration in London this year, we brought 100 guests from LGBT advocacy groups, employee networks and diversity organisations to our office in London for the first ever Google Legalise Love Conference. Our goal was to start a debate about creating an inclusive workplace for LGBT employees around the world. Our guest speakers included Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty Human Rights, Peter Tatchell of The Peter Tatchell Foundation, and a panel of campaigners representing Europe, India, Africa and Asia.
In addition to the Google Legalise Love Conference
- In our Warsaw office, we hosted politician and LGBT activist Krystian Legierski for an office-wide talk and discussion lunch on the importance of civil partnership laws.
- We sponsored the production of Stonewall’s latest Workplace Guide Global Working: Supporting LGB Staff Overseas and hosted a seminar at our London office for Stonewall diversity champions, exploring how organisations use their global influence to promote better workplaces for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff around the world.
- At Google London, the Kaleidoscope Trust held a gathering of LGBT activists from over 40 countries to discuss a roadmap to achieve an inclusive British Commonwealth.
Support for Partner Organisations
We support the work of organisations working to make a positive difference for LGBT communities.
Here is a sample of some of our global LGBT partnerships:
- Belong To Youth Services
- Center for Talent Innovation
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
- National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association
- Out in Science Technology Engineering and Math (oSTEM)
- Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
- Love Does Not Exclude"
- Trevor Project
- The Kaleidoscope Trust
- Transgender Law Center
Giving Voice to Googlers
The Gayglers is Google’s employee network for LGBT employees, friends, and allies. Gayglers chapters exist just about everywhere Google operates around the world—from San Francisco to New York, London to Zurich, Israel and India.
As part of 2012 World Pride in London, 40 Gayglers leaders from Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America will attend our first Gayglers Summit for LGBT employees and straight allies.