Google has announced that it is launching a global effort to have countries decriminalize homosexuality and increase the human rights standards for LGBTs.
Google’s Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe said: ˜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. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work.
Google will work with other organizations to lobby the governments.
Palmer-Edgecumbe said: “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.”
He outlined the strategy at a Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London today (6 July) hosted by US gay and trans employment experts Out and Equal ahead of World Pride in the UK capital tomorrow.
Google has long held a progressive stance when it comes to LGBT rights, instituting broad recognition for its LGBT employees and even compensating their salaries for the gross income disparities legislation like the Defense of Marriage Act causes employees who are in same-sex marriages.
Google also came out against California’s Proposition 8 in 2008, and has since taken strong stances for LGBT rights within the United States.
In this new venture Google aims to work with governmental NGOs but has noted a concern that it must also work with ground-level rights groups so as to ensure that its efforts are tailored for the specific environments within each country it will target.
Given Google’s global reach and its status as an Internet superpower, its potential influence in this area cannot be overstated.
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