Gay Issues

Google Launches ‘Legalize Love’ Campaign to Legalize Gays and Bisexuals Globally

| by Michael Allen

The search engine giant Google has launched a new campaign called ‘Legalize Love’ that urges countries around the world to legalize homosexuality and bisexuality.

The campaign began on July 7 in Poland and Singapore, but will cover each country where Google has an office and there are laws against homosexuality and bisexuality.

Google’s Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe announced at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London, England on July 6: "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."

"‘Obviously it is the right thing to do but secondly there is a very powerful business case for us.  We operate in very many countries and have a very globally mobile workforce. We have had a number of instances where we have been trying to hire people into countries where there are these issues and have been unable to put the best person into a job in that country."

"Conversely we have had to move people out of countries where they have been experiencing homophobia to a different location. And we are also having to support staff in those countries in terms of relationships with the government and homophobia they are experiencing outside of the office."

Claire Lucas, of USAID, added: "We are working with some NGOs and some corporations on a global LGBT partnership. The corporations are co-funding with the US government these civil society organizations around the world."

"What we have found is that a partnership between corporations and the US government is very powerful."