Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Jul 2012 17:54 UTC
Google Fantastic initiative by Google. Anna Peirano details: "Google is launching a new campaign called 'Legalize Love' with the intention of inspiring countries to legalize marriage for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people around the world. The 'Legalize Love' campaign officially launches in Poland and Singapore on Saturday, July 7th. Google intends to eventually expand the initiative to every country where the company has an office, and will focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist." As proud as I am of living in the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, it's easy to forget we only did so in 2000. Also, it's about time the large technology companies of the world started using their power, reach, and money to do good. Hopefully, this initiative will transcend company boundaries, uniting them behind a common, noble goal.
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Another step towards equality....
by Fusion on Sun 8th Jul 2012 23:14 UTC
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This is not merely a political maneuver; supporting civil rights makes EXCELLENT BUSINESS SENSE for Google. Inclusive work environments (not just by company policy but state law) naturally attract the greatest pools of talent. A prospective employee is likely to opt for residing and working wherever their family unit will be best protected.

>>>>"Sexual orientation is a private thing. People don't have to go to streets and shout out "I'm gay", just as they don't go to streets to shout "I'm heterosexual!". To me parades and this whole scream is unnecessary noise. I understand that some people are just not tolerant, but you can't change them this way. They won't believe you are normal [just like them] if you're gonna dress like a crazy man shouting some rediculous things unrelated to the whole problem od the actual discrimination."<<<<

First, sexual orientation is not a private thing. Try telling that to the suicidal high school boy who gets shoved into his locker, beaten, and threatened daily merely because he is *perceived* to be gay. People don't go out into the streets and shout "I'm heterosexual" because that is always assumed by and for the majority of persons. Minorities (e.g., PR, African, Chicano, LGBT, etc.), on the other hand, have loud conspicuous pride festivals to raise and SUSTAIN awareness... sending a collective message that they "won't be ashamed" and celebrating an aspect of their identity. Visibility of these festivals help support youths who happen to be growing up in less hospitable climates.... they also help younger generations internalize acceptance and thus actually do address the core of descrimination.

As for wanting others to believe you're "normal," the 1950s Mattachine Society and Daughters of Bilitis tried the "we're just like you" approach. The problem is, de-emphasizing your points of difference only helps substantiate those traits inferiority and disfavor. We're all different, and being different *IS* normal... we as a people need to celebrate our differences, and stop listening to rhetoric and bigotry disguised as faith. Hats off to Google for giving their collective support to a worthy cause!

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