Google Unveils ‘Legalize Love’ Campaign
July 9, 2012 by Liz Cooper, Manager of Corporate Programs, Workplace Project
Over the weekend, Google announced a new campaign to promote the safety of LGBT people worldwide.
Google has been an outstanding advocate for equality in the U.S. The company has earned 100 percent ratings on the Corporate Equality Index for six years, and also consistently extends its support for LGBT equality beyond its four walls – supporting LGBT Americans to not only bring their whole selves to work, but to also live authentically and safely in their daily lives and relationships.
Now Google is extending that support beyond borders. Its new campaign, Legalize Love, reflects Google’s corporate reputation as an inclusive, welcoming employer of choice. The campaign is intended to promote safer conditions for LGBT people inside and outside the office in countries with anti-gay laws on the books.
While it is still legal to fire someone for being LGBT in 34 states in the US, many countries have more harmful laws affecting LGBT people, some even criminalizing homosexuality.
Google detailed the new campaign on its website, stating:
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.
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