Google employees ask to expel the company from the gay Pride march

They ask to expel Google from the gay Pride march for not taking action against homophobia

The anger against Google is for not acting against homophobia on the YouTube platform

They ask to expel Google from the gay Pride march in San Francisco. The striking thing is that those who ask are employees of the company. 129 employees they signed the letter and they sent it to the organizers.
In it, it is requested that Google is prevented from participating in the parade and its name is deletede from the list of corporate sponsors for the 2019 edition.

Why are you asking to expel Google from the gay pride march?

For employees, the company's commitment to LGBTQ + groups it's just a public relations exercise and that in practice it does not take any real action when those people are subjected to hate speech and harassment on Google platforms.

We make this request after seriously considering the alternatives. We have spent countless hours advocating for our company to improve policies and practices related to the treatment of LGBTQ + people, the representation of LGBTQ + people, and harassment and hate speech directed at LGBTQ + people, on YouTube and other products of Google. Every time we push for change, we are told only that the company will "look closely at these policies." But they never promise to improve, and when we ask when these improvements will be made, we are always told to be patient.

The trigger

The letter does not refer to a particular event, although the media speculate that the trigger was What happened with the youtuber Carlos Maza.

Note: In the first published version of the article Carlos Maza was referred to as a politician from the Spanish Vox party. I don't know why I made that association. Maybe because there was an incident with that game and YouTube. I eat well they noted in Menéame, Carlos Maza is an American YouTuber. At least I was not wrong that he was harassed because of his sexual condition. My apologies to the readers.

The signatories do not rule out retaliation by the company, Google informed them that by sending it they violated Google's communication policy.

In the letter they make a request to the organizers:

We believe we have no choice but to ask you to reject Google's failure to act in support of our community by revoking its sponsorship and excluding Google from official representation at the Pride parade. If another official platform, YouTube, allows abuse, hatred and discrimination against LGBTQ + people, the organization must not provide the company with a platform that presents it as a support for those same people.

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, at a Pride celebration whose motto is "Generations of Resistance," we ask you to join us in resisting LGBTQ + oppression on the internet, and the subjugation of our right to equality in favor of the economic results of the companies. The first pride march was a protest, so now this must be one.

The response of the organizers

However, the request was unsuccessful.. Google is going to be on the march tomorrow. The official response from the organizers was:

Our organization encourages open and respectful dialogue. We appreciate the commitment of community members who reached out to us with their concerns about Google. Google and YouTube can and should do more to raise and protect the voices of LGBTQ + creators on their platforms, and we have found that Google is willing to listen to this criticism and is working to develop appropriate policies. They have recognized that they have a lot of work to do to promote respectful discussion and exchange of ideas.

Google was always a considerate partner of our organization for several years, and historically was a strong ally of the LGBTQ + communities. Google has long offered substantial benefits to employees with same-sex and transgender partners, and made a valuable public defense, opposing unfair legislation targeting LGBTQ communities, particularly transgender individuals.


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