Skip to comments.Google vows to push governments on gay rights
Posted on 07/09/2012 5:38:36 AM PDT by scottjewell
[Addendum to July 8 piece; emphasis on government suasion by Google]"One of the first target countries is likely to be Singapore, which has draconian anti-homosexuality laws. Here, Google has for the second year running sponsored Pink Dot, an LGBT event exected to attract over 10,000 people."
Google has launched a global campaign aimed at persuading governments to decriminalise homosexuality and eliminate homophobia.
Its Legalize Love campaign is being announced at a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) conference in London today.
"In all of our 60 offices around the world, we are committed to cultivating a work environment where Googlers can be themselves and thrive," the company explains.
"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."
One of the first target countries is likely to be Singapore, which has draconian anti-homosexuality laws. Here, Google has for the second year running sponsored Pink Dot, an LGBT event exected to attract over 10,000 people.
"We are excited by the growing number of companies that are coming out and supporting a social movement like Pink Dot," says Pink Dot spokesperson Paerin Choa.
"We are thankful that our corporate contributors this year recognise the value of inclusiveness and diversity, regardless of sexual orientation, and hope that more companies will contribute positively towards cultivating an inclusive work environment for their LGBT employees."
More important, though, will be the pressure that Google can bring to bear on repressive governments, particularly as it recruits other multinationals to the campaign. Singapore, in particular, is aiming to be a global financial center, and needs these companies on its side.
As Harry Gaskell Ernst & Young reportedly told the conference: "If you are trying to change something - governments can exert diplomatic power, NGOs can martial facts and arguments - but corporations martial economic power. That is something even the most passive of countries will listen to."
Yahoo has a pretty good search engine.
Does this mean they’ll go after Sharia laws?
Now that is an interesting question . . .
Singapore lives in the real world, and it is a Chinese island surrounded by Malay Muslims who could destroy it any time. I don't think they will be cowed by a bunch of fairies at Google, and look forward to seeing their response.
Yes, I wonder just how much Western corporate political correctness can go in terms of global governments.
meant “just how far”.
Someone needs to write an article exposing the depths to which Google stops to adance an extreme left wing world view. Eric Schmidt sits on the board of the New America Foundation, a George Soros outfit.
I use Startpage and Ixquick. Both offer far more privacy than the coprophiles at google.
“,,,and look forward to seeing their (Singapore’s) response.”
You and me both.
Going to yahoo is not going to change anything. You will find the homonazis in anything “new.” They have successfully infiltrated every facet of our lives to the point where we can’t not support them. DISGUSTING
I’ve been using it for years.
Thank you so much. Justt swithed to Ixquick and have suggested to family to do the same.
Dumped the google and bing.
Ixquick seems to be working just as well as google.
I think the danger is that corporations like Yahoo and others will feel they need to design their own pro-same sex marriage campaigns to compete with the popularity of Google.
This is how and why so many companies - JC Penney’s, Sears, Target, General Mills, Starbuck’s, Campbell’s , McDonald’s, Home Depot, Microsoft, Black and Decker, All State, AMC, American Express, American Airlines, Bank of America, Citigroup, Delta Airlines, Estee Lauder, Nation Wide, Hyatt, Intell, Miller, Coors, MetLife - I would be here all day if I continued on; the list literally goes on and on - have jumped on the same sex marriage bandwagon.
The Human Rights Campaign has a rating system which show gays and liberals which are the “best pro-gay companies” and which “still have a lot of work to do”.
And I forgot to mention Walt Disney, Visa, Walgreen’s , Wells Fargo, Time Warner - I am taking this from an alphabetized list, and am skipping 80% of them. In other words, this is a vast, massive, huge, socially rooted problem which happened while “we were sleeping”. Some of us are just waking up to this now. Google is just one more, not unique except for its in-your-face campaign and its internet power.
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