Google is taking on a huge role in the fight for LGBTQ rights, announcing they are launching an international campaign to fight for gay rights called “Legalize Love.” The initiative, which began this weekend in Poland and Singapore, is particularly focused on working in countries with anti-gay laws and homophobic cultures.
Google’s Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe explained, “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.”
While early reports claimed that Google would be fighting to legalize same sex marriage, the company is more focused on the health, safety and well being of their employees who work in areas that are particularly homophobic. Poland for instance does not recognize same-sex couples and Singapore has deemed certain homosexual activities illegal.
Google has long been a supporter of gay rights, publicly coming out against California’s Proposition 8 and compensating gay and lesbian employees to cover the taxes on domestic-partner health benefits.