A group of LGBTQ Google employees lobby San Francisco's Pride organizers to remove their company from the city's Pride party.
In a letter published on Medium directed to the San Francisco Pride leadership, the Google invited the organization to remove Google as a Pride sponsor and to cancel its invitation to appear in Sunday's Pride parade.
The letter claims that Google-owned YouTube allows for hatred and discrimination, and its participation in Pride constitutes "a rainbow of support".
"We have spent countless hours advocating for our company to improve policies and practices on processing LGBTQ + people, the image of LGBTQ + people, and harassment and hate speech directed at LGBTQ + people on YouTube and other Google products, book authors
Google took ire from the LGBTQ community this month for its political decisions on YouTube, especially for being determined that conservative pundit Stephen Crowder did not violate the platform's rules in his repeated attacks on Vox host Carlos Maza "Maza is a frequent target for Crowder, who has called him" a lispy queer "among other insults directed at Maza's sexual orientation." Every video has included repetitive, obvious attacks on my sexual orientation and ethnicity, "Maza said about Crowder & # 39; 39; Acts 1
After a scream against his decision, YouTube chose to demonize Crowder's channel, first saying Crowder would be punished until he removed links to t-shirts he sells saying "socialism is for subjects" and and then stated that his channel is facing demonization for "the wider community."
On the same day, YouTube announced changes in its hate speech rules to reject videos "claiming a group is superior" To justify discrimination against based sexual orientation, among other identifiers.
Internally, some Google employees planned to protest over Google's record of LGBTQ issues while marching within the company's parade contingent via t-shirts or signage.
But as The Verge reported earlier this week, Googlers were told that this behavior was banned. "Employees have the freedom to do what they want, except for our sponsored floating / quota," a Google inclusion leader told Google's internal Gayglers group. "But they are not allowed to use our platform to express a message that contradicts the one Google expresses." Within Google, the Gaygler community is divided into ongoing controversy.
At the time of writing, the letter calling Google's removal from Pride calls festivities had about 100 signatures. While 100 employees within a company of more than 85,000 are a very small contingent, the group calling for change is indicative of wider tensions within the LGBTQ community, many of which are under the Pride Season.
" We are asking you to resist the LGBTQ + internet repression and submission to our right to equality in favor of calculated business concerns. The first Pride was a protest and so this pride must be
Since Pride events have become more and more common and commercial in recent years, a backward movement within society has pushed for celebrations to adapt to Prides protesting roots, center marginalized voices and rejecting corporate overtures .
Similar to this view, the group of Googlers in their medium-sized letter called San Francisco Pride to respect the spirit of this year's Generations of Resistance theme. "We ask you to take part in resisting LGBTQ + internet pressures and submitting our right to equality in favor of calculated business concerns," the letter said. "The first pride was a protest, and so now this pride must be one."
"We do not make this request without serious consideration of the alternatives," said the Bloomberg letter first. "When we push for change, we only know that the company will take a look at these policies. But we are never obliged to improve and when we ask when these improvements will be done, we are always told to be patient. "
A Google spokesman told The Daily Beast," Google has marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade for more than a decade and we are happy to continue the tradition on the weekend. grateful for SF Pride's partnership and leadership. "
Daily Beast reached San Francisco Pride and will update this story if we receive a comment.