The effort is called “Legalize Love” and was announced on Saturday at the “Global LGBT Workplace Summit” in London, England. Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, the director of diversity for Google, outlined the company’s agenda at the event.
“We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office,” he said. “It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work.”
Google explained further in a written statement.
“Legalize Love is our call to decriminalize homosexuality and eliminate homophobia around the world,” it wrote. “It is a campaign to promote safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office in countries with anti-gay laws on the books.”
The company said that its first target is in the countries of Singapore and Poland. In Singapore, certain homosexual behaviors are illegal, and homosexual marriage is forbidden in Poland.
“Singapore wants to be a global financial center and world leader. And we can push them on the fact that being a global center and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation,” Palmer-Edgecumbe claimed.
The company also outlined that it plans to mobilize its efforts in every country in which Google has offices. It says that it will locate local businesses and corporations that it can collaborate with, and will back grassroots efforts to push for the acceptance of homosexuality both in and out of the workplace.
Homosexual employees at Google have given themselves the name “Gayglers.” According to the company’s diversity page, “Gayglers chapters exist just about everywhere Google operates around the world from San Francisco to New York, London to Zurich, Israel to India.” It says that the group has four goals: “internal education and awareness, community outreach, helping to shape company policy and building our external presence.”
Google, which operates YouTube and Gmail, also boasted that it sponsors homosexual pride parades around the world, and even marched with a homosexual youth organization in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2010, the company held a week-long event in Hyderabad and Bangalore, India, entitled “Sixth Sense: Diversity in India,” which was led by long-time Indian homosexual activist Nitin Karani.
Reports state that the company’s further promotion of the homosexual lifestyle may cause business partners and prospective advertisers that disagree with homosexuality to decline to work with the company, thus hurting business.
The company has been known to back the homosexual agenda for many years. In 2008, Google’s founder, Sergey Brin, released a public statement against California’s Proposition 8.
According to WorldNetDaily, in 2004, Google removed a Christian AdWords advertisement that spoke against homosexuality, deeming the content to be from a website promoting “hate speech.”
“Google AdWords policy never permits ads or keywords promoting hate, violence, or crimes toward any organization, person or group protected by law, [which includes] sexual orientation/gender identity,” the company wrote.
Other representatives from well-known companies and organizations that took part in the recent homosexual workplace summit in London included Bob Amnnibale of the financial corporation Citigroup, who is reportedly an open homosexual, Harry Gaskell of Ernst and Young, and Claire Lucas of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).