As many Google users already know, the company bases their suggestions off things people have actually searched for, and sometimes, things can get a bit strange – especially when your a queer girl doing the googling.
Kenya’s Films Classification Board is furious that Google hasn’t even responded to their demands that it take down a video they claim to have banned in Kenya.
The tech giants are not complying with the Board’s order that it geoblock a music video that supports LGBTI rights in Africa, so that it cannot be watched inside Kenya.
The offending video is a remixed version of Macklemore and Brian Lewis’ gay rights anthem Same Love but Kenyan rappers Art Attack have added their own lyrics to the music and a video which mixes self-shot footage with scenes from the US hit television series Empire.
Art Attack launched the video on YouTube in February and it has been watched over a hundred thousand times since then, while causing debate and outrage in the Kenyan media.
The board claims that the video contains nudity and pornographic images and that it has banned the video. However as it is being hosted outside of Kenya there is nothing they can do about it on their own.
Watch for your self, and see there is no sex, simulated or real – nor is there any full frontal nudity.
The board’s chief executive, Ezekiel Mutua, said he expected Google to comply with their demands within a week. However Google is yet to acknowledge their request.
The least we expected from Google was a reply whether in the affirmative or not. It is important that Google makes a step on this. The video currently circulating on YouTube consists of lyrics that strongly advocate for gay rights in Kenya complete with graphic sexual scenes between people of the same gender as well as depiction and pornography.”
The matter has also been reported to the Kenyan Police who are seeking to track down and identify the members of Art Attack.
This week, at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Human Rights Campaign announced a new global coalition of companies committed to making workplaces around the world fair and equal for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. The founding members of the coalition include Google, IBM, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and AT&T.
Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said in a statement.
We are proud to bring together some of the world’s largest companies to advance LGBT equality around the globe. These corporate leaders, which employ 1.4 million employees worldwide, understand that equality, inclusion, and engagement are pivotal to business success. Today, they are sending a resounding message that LGBT people are valued, they are equal, and they deserve a fair chance to earn a living and provide for their families no matter where they live.”
Members of the coalition agree to implement non-discrimination statements and codes of conduct that are inclusive to LGBT workers. They will also host summits in international markets to promote LGBT workplace equality and will create resource groups specifically for LGBT employees.
In a statement, Microsoft president Brad Smith said,
The strengthening of LGBT equality in the workplace makes good sense for companies and for people. We’re committed to treating all of our employees equally, with the respect and dignity they so clearly deserve.”
Other founding members of the coalition are Accenture, CA Technologies, Destination Weddings Travel Group, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Replacements, Ltd., and Symantec Corp.
Transgender issues have been front-page news for a while now. Some brands have clearly had a hard time knowing what their role should be in this conversation.
Enter Google (one of the world’s most powerfully visible corporate LGBT advocates) and their new spot for Pride Month, which tells the deeply poignant story of a transgender man and the small business that helped him during his transition.
The first half of the advert focuses on Jake, who was born female but identified as male from a young age.
The second half introduces City Gym in Kansas City, Mo., who gave Jake a place where he can feel comfortable getting to know his changing body and find support for him and his friends.
Today, in an exclusive statement to HRC, Google spoke out against the host of anti-LGBT bills pending or signed in to law in states around the country.
The statement reads:
“We oppose all laws that enable or encourage discrimination and are pleased that there are now concrete moves to clarify the intent of these laws in various U.S. States. We’ve been steadfast in our efforts to eliminate discrimination against the LGBT community – including through our vocal opposition to Prop 8, our filing of legal briefs in opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, the benefits we provide same-sex couples at Google, and by drawing attention to the issue globally through various international campaigns, the homepage doodle for the Sochi Olympics, and supporting the “It Gets Better” project.”
Yesterday, a number of industry leaders signed an unprecedented joint statement supporting the addition of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people to civil rights laws.
Other major organisations, including Wal-Mart and Apple, have similarly opposed the anti-LGBT legislation sweeping the USA. Raising their concerns that these bills undermine existing civil rights law and deeply harm the business climate of the states in which they are passed.
Currently, there are more than 85 anti-LGBT bills in 28 state legislatures. To learn more about the rising tide of anti-LGBT legislation swelling across the country, click here.
A number of corporate firm – including Microsoft, Apple,Walt Disney, Coca-Cola, Nike, Visa, American Apparel, General Mills, Barnes & Noble, Google, Twitter and Facebook, eBay and Amazon – have signed an employers’ amicus brief, which argues that permitting same-sex marriage is crucial to recognising employees’ rights.
The brief states in part:
“Some of the states in which amici (the 379 companies) do business make marriage equally available to all of our employees and colleagues; others prohibit marriages between couples of the same sex and refuse to recognize existing same-sex marriages. This dual regime burdens amici. It creates legal uncertainty and imposes unnecessary costs and administrative complexities on employers, and requires differential employer treatment of employees who are similarly situated save for the state where they reside.
State laws that prohibit or decline to recognize marriages between same-sex couples hamper employer efforts to recruit and retain the most talented workforce possible in those states. Our successes depend upon the welfare and morale of all employees, without distinction. The burden imposed by inconsistent and discriminatory state laws of having to administer complicated schemes to account for differential treatment of similarly situated employees breeds unnecessary confusion, tension, and diminished employee morale.
A diverse, inclusive workplace environment increases the total human energy available to the organization. People can bring far more of themselves to their jobs because they are required to suppress far less. Inclusive companies are more open to new ideas and opportunities, while less prone to overconfidence when approaching challenges. Companies that are diverse and inclusive obtain better profits and other outputs, thanks to improved team collaboration and commitment.”
The Supreme Court is to hear arguments on same-sex marriage from April 28.
The companies are:
A.L. Nella & Company, LLP, CPAs, A.T. Kearney, Aardema Whitelaw, PLLC, Acacia Home LLC, Accenture, Aetna Inc., Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., AJ Leo Electric and Solar, Akamai Technologies, Inc., Alaska Airlines, Alcoa Inc., Amazon Services Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., American Airlines Group Inc., American Apparel, American Express Company
American International Group, Inc., Aparicio-Mercado Law, L.C., Apple Inc., AppNexus Inc., Aramark, Arbor Brewing Company, LLC, Arnold & Porter LLP, Aspen Skiing Company, Assemble Sound LLC, AT&T Inc., Atlas Cut Stone, Atticus Circle, The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Avanade Inc.
Bain & Company, Inc., Bakehouse Art Complex, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Bank of America, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Barclays, Barnes & Noble, Inc., bebe stores, inc., Becton, Dickinson and Company, Belcampo Inc., Ben & Jerry’s, Big Duck Studio, Inc., Bigelow Villa LLC, Billy’s Farm, BlackRock, Inc., Bloomberg L.P., Blue Apron, Inc., Blue Heron Ventures, Blue Moon Hotel / Winter Haven Hotel, Blume, Faulkner & Skeen, PLLC, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boston Community Capital, Inc., Boston Consulting Group, The Boston Foundation, Boston Medical Center Corporation, Boston Scientific Corporation, Brady Mills LLC, BrandQuery LLC ,Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Broadcom Corporation, Brocade
Cablevision Systems Corporation, Capital One Financial Corporation, Captain Wendell’s Marine Services LLC, Cardinal Health, Inc., Care Resource, CBS Corporation, CEB, Central Physical Therapy and Fitness PSC, CGI, Charlotte Business Guild, The Chubb Corporation, CIGNA Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Citigroup Inc., City Catering Company, City Lites Neon, Inc., The City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Civitas Public Affairs Group, Clean Yield Asset Management, CloudFlare, Inc., CMIT Solutions of Seattle Downtown, The Coca-Cola Company, Cohen & Associates, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Columbia FunMap, Inc., Comcast Corporation, The Computer Butler, ConAgra Foods, Inc., The Corcoran Group, Corner Brewery, LLC, Corning Incorporated, Cox Enterprises, Inc., Crazy Misfits Pet Services, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
Cummins Inc., Cupcake Royale, CVS Health Corporation
Dallas Voice, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc., Danaher Corporation, David J. Jarrett, P.C., David Kosar Insurance Agency, David Mack Henderson Income Tax Preparation, DCI Group AZ, L.L.C., Deloitte LLP, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, The Desert Business Association, Deutsche Bank AG, Diageo North America, Inc., DIRECTV, DocuSign, Domini Social Investments LLC, The Dow Chemical Company, Dreamcatcher Arts and Publishing Ltd., Dropbox, Inc., DuPont
Facebook, Inc., Farella Braun + Martel, LLP, Fastsigns, Fenwick & West LLP, First Data Corporation, 1st Security Bank, 1stdibs.Com, Inc., FIT Technologies, Flanery CPA, Full Court Press Communications
G.A.W., Inc., The Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada, General Electric Company, General Mills, Inc., Gensler, Gilt Groupe Holdings, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Gleason & Associates Claims Services, Go Factory, Inc., Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Google Inc., Goulston & Storrs, P.C., Great Officiants LLC, The Greater Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Greater San Diego Business Association, Greater Seattle Business Association, Greensulate, Grossman Marketing Group, Group Health Cooperative, Groupon, Growing Hope,
Harrell Remodeling, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., Healthline, Hewlett-Packard Company, Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., Holdredge Wines, Homeward Pet Adoption Center, Horizon Air Industries, Inc., House Packard LLC, HSB,
Jackson Hole Group LLC, Jagod Designs, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Jenn T. Grace International LLC, Jennifer Brown Consulting, JetBlue Airways Corporation, The Jim Henson Company, Johnson & Johnson, Johnston, Kinney and Zulaica LLP, Jonathan L. Bowman, Attorney at Law, PS, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Julian Chang Consulting, Inc.
photography, The Kathy A. Janssen Foundation, Kazan, McClain, Satterley, & Greenwood, PLC, Keir Jones Agency – State Farm, Keker & Van Nest LLP, KEO Marketing Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corp., Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC, Kollmar Sheet Metal Works, Inc., Kotzan Chiropractic, KPMG LLP
Lambda Business Association, Laparoscopic Institute for Gynecologic Oncology, Larson Marketing & Communications LLC, Laughton Properties, Law Offices of Joel L. Sogol, Law Office of Lisa E. Schuchman, Law Office of Lorie L. Burch, PC, Law Offices of Robin L. Bodiford, P.A., The Law Office of Susan K. Fuller, PLLC, Levi Strauss & Co., Liberty Burger, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Life & Love Celebrations, Link in the Chain Foundation, Inc., Littler Mendelson, P.C., LNT, Inc., The Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Lori Karbal et al, Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Trust, LLC, The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Main Street Hair Shoppe Ltd., Marriott International, Inc., Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., McKesson Corporation, McKinsey & Company, Inc., Merca Property Management, The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Microsoft Corporation, The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Miller & Olson, LLP, Miller Shelton Group, LLC, MillerCoors LLC, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., Mona Smith PLLC, Moody’s Corporation, Morgan Miller Plumbing, Morgan Stanley, MWW Public Relations,
NAMI Dallas, Inc., The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Neumann Capital Management, LLC, The New England Patriots, New Leaf Columbus, New York Life Insurance Company, Nifty Hoops, LLC, NIKE, Inc., Nixon Peabody LLP, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, Northrop Grumman Corporation,
OBOX Solutions, Office Depot, Inc., The Ogilvy Group, Inc., Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., ONE Community Media, LLC, 1 Source Consulting Solutions, Oracle America, Inc., Orbitz Worldwide, Inc., Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Outerwall Inc.
Pakmode Publications, LLC, d/b/a Pakmode Media + Marketing, Pandora Media, Inc., PATH, Peabody & Arnold LLP, Pepper Hamilton LLP, PepsiCo, Pfizer Inc., Pixelligent Technologies LLC, Plexus Education Foundation, Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce, Portland Area Business Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, PrideFest, the PrintingWorks, Pro-Tec Data, Inc., Procter & Gamble, ProTrials Research, Inc., Prudential Financial, Inc., Puma Spring Vineyards, Qualcomm Incorporated, Quorum
RAFI Architecture and Design, Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley, Ralph’s Regal Weddings, Ray Holley Communications, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Replacements, Ltd., Restaurant Management Concepts, Reverberate! Marketing Communications, Inc., Rising Tide Brewing Company, RJR Photography, Robert H Stutz Jr CPA, Rockwell Automation, Inc., Rotella & Hernandez, LLC
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, Sadek Bonahoom PLC, The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, The San Francisco Giants, The Seattle Lesbian, LLC, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Sempra Energy, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Shingles Roofing LLC, Sidetrack, Inc., Simon, Schindler & Sandberg LLP, Skellenger Bender, P.S., Skyworks Solutions, Inc., Sleeves Up Productions, LLC, Sōw, Spectra Law PS, Spry Vision, Inc., St. Jude Medical, Inc., Staples, Inc., Starbucks Corporation, Starrtek LLC, State Street Corporation, Steven Graves Insurance Agency, Stonewall Behavioral Health, Stonewall Columbus, Stuffed Cakes, LLC, Sun Life Financial (U.S.) Services Company, Inc., SunDaily, Symantec Corporation, Inc., Sweet Dixie Kitchen,
Taber Food Services, Inc., dba Hobee’s California Restaurants, The Tampa Bay Rays, Target Corporation, TD Bank, N.A., TD Securities (USA) LLC, Tech Data Corporation, TestTracks, Thinking Cap Communications & Design, Third Point LLC, Thomson Reuters, Tiwary Entertainment Group LLC, TNT Promotions, LLC, TOCA Events, LLC, TravelOut, Inc., Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, Twitter, Inc., 206 Inc.
UBS AG, The Ultimate Software Group, Inc., United Air Lines, Inc., United Therapeutics Corporation, Uptown Physicians Group, VCB Consulting & Accounting Services
Verizon Communications Inc., Viacom Inc., Visa Inc., VitaPerk, VMware, Inc.
W. M. Martin Advertising, W.W. Grainger, Inc., W/S Development Associates LLC, Walsh Wellness Center, The Walt Disney Company, Wasserman Media Group, Wells Fargo & Company, Whey Natural! USA LLC, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Witeck Communications, Inc., The Workplace Equality Index, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
Xerox Corporation, Xfund
YES DESIGN GROUP, Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority
Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, P.C., Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, ZoomSystems, Zynga Inc.
GLAAD, has announced it will honor global technology leader Google and video-sharing innovator YouTube at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square on September 13, 2014.
At the gala, Google and YouTube will receive the Ric Weiland Award, which honors innovators who advance LGBT equality through tech and new media. The award is named after Ric Weiland, who was a computer software pioneer and philanthropist. Together with his surviving partner Mike Schaefer, he is known for his dedication to LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations.
For years, Google has been one of Silicon Valley’s most vocal supporters of LGBT equality.
- In 2008, Google spoke out against California’s Proposition 8, a statewide ban on marriage for same-sex couples, and donated significant contributions to efforts to remove the ban.
- In 2010, Google announced that it would cover extra health coverage-related costs incurred by gay and lesbian couples unable to legally wed.
- The following year, Google expanded its employee healthcare coverage to include transition-related care for its transgender employees.
- In 2012, the company launched ‘Legalize Love,’ an international effort to “promote safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office in countries with anti-gay laws on the books.”
- That same year, Google unveiled a YouTube video showcasing employees speaking out in support of marriage equality in four battleground states – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington.
- In 2013, YouTube unveiled its first-ever pride campaign, #ProudToLove, and changed its logo to be pride-themed for the first time in the company’s history.
- Earlier this year, Google showed its support for LGBT Russians through a rainbow ‘Google Doodle,’ which debuted just hours before the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
- And in June, YouTube unveiled its #ProudToPlay campaign – a celebration of LGBT equality in sports. The campaign was featured on the YouTube and Google homepages and marked the second consecutive year that YouTube changed its logo for a pride campaign.
“Few companies have the power to reach billions, and even fewer use that power to help ensure everyone can live the life they love. Tech innovators like Google are now at the forefront of the global conversation on LGBT equality, ushering in a new era of acceptance and understanding for users across the world. Through groundbreaking campaigns, outspoken support, and a relentless commitment to its LGBT employees, Google has raised the bar on corporate leadership that drives equality forward.”
Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO
Athletes that support #ProudToPlay…
“Proud to play means to me someone who is proud of all the things that makes them who they are, whether it be your race or religion or sexual orientation, heck…your height! It’s important to be proud of who you are. As a professional athlete, we accept that we are role models. It’s great that regardless of your sexual orientation, that the conversation was started and people started talking about being gay in professional sports. If you’re straight, just continue to be supportive. And if you see someone being bullied, or hear language that’s inappropriate, speak up and speak out. It’s very important to have those allies out there who are being brave for some of us who aren’t yet ready to be brave on our own.”
“As more people come forward and are proud of who they are, and compete and do well, I think that will really change everything. I’m proud to play because I know I’m helping people. I know that there is young gay men and women out there, athletes who now have someone they can look up to in the sports world.”
“Equality in sports has to be there for your team to be successful. It’s these little building blocks that you learn through playing sports. The bravery of being yourself is really the anchor of it all. You have to be brave in your own convictions, you have to be brave about who you are and you have to be brave to step forward and step into the spotlight and declare to the rest of the world this is who I am.”
“I am proud to play because it is important for people to know that it is only the inclusion of the full spectrum of society that will make sport the truly unifying force it can be in the world. YouTube has always been a place where those without a voice in the mainstream could find a place to start a conversation. I know that the Proud to Play campaign can highlight the cause of those in the LGBT and straight ally communities who just want to be able to contribute to and seek enjoyment from sport.”
“When I came out as a high schooler, there was no conversation about what it means to be an LGBTQ athlete: there were simply no role models and no public information for teenagers coming out in the athletic world. Coming out in college allowed me to create real relationships with my teammates – not ones based on secrecy, guilt, and shame. Coming out helped me to be stronger both emotionally as well as physically, and it encouraged me to get active on campus. These resources, on this type of platform, will affect way more young LGBTQ+ people than anyone could expect. I am #ProudToPlay.”
Yesterday, YouTube along with with parent company Google, launched the huge #ProudToPlay campaign, which honours LGBT athletes, and celebrates LGBT Pride Month.
“Sports bring together people from all backgrounds and experiences through a shared passion, and YouTube shares that spirit of connecting diverse communities to make a difference. In celebration of the upcoming games in Brazil and LGBT Pride month, we’re honoring the LGBT athletes, their supporters, as well as the YouTube Creators who stand up for diversity in sports and elsewhere-all of whom help create an equal and inclusive playing field for everyone.”
Raymond Braun, YouTube Marketing Manager
They are also now encouraging YouTubers to create videos about LGBT sports issues that YouTube will highlight over the next month. The YouTube pride logo, featuring a rainbow soccer ball, will be on every YouTube page.
This is huge statement by the top two sites and continues to build momentum for 2014 as the year of the gay athlete.
LGBT athletes including Jason Collins, John Amaechi, Kobe Bryant, Brittney Griner, Robbie Rogers, John Amaechi and Darren Young will be sharing their stories on YouTube.
Organizations including GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, You Can Play, Laureus, and the LGBT Sports Coalition are supporting this campaign and work to promote equality.
“As athletes from across nations and leagues come out, sports fans throughout the world are embracing LGBT players and ejecting bias from the game. GLAAD is thrilled to support Google and YouTube in this landmark initiative to help tackle stereotypes and build understanding.”
Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO
YouTube released the following press statement:
From the Sochi Olympics to the recent NFL draft, this year has seen a growing, global conversation about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the world of sports. Many LGBT athletes are sharing their stories on YouTube, and the support they’re getting from teammates and fans has helped others find the courage to do the same.
Sports bring together people from all backgrounds and experiences through a shared passion, and YouTube shares that spirit of connecting diverse communities to make a difference. In celebration of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil and LGBT Pride month, we’re honoring the LGBT athletes, their supporters, as well as the YouTube Creators who stand up for diversity in sports and elsewhere—all of whom help create an equal and inclusive playing field for everyone. Inspired by #ProudToLove last year, we’re calling this effort #ProudToPlay.
We applaud the courage and openness of athletes at all levels who have come out and admire their teammates, friends, families, and supporters who are all proving that it doesn’t matter who you are or who you love—what matters is that you put forward your best effort. We stand with our community in the belief that youth everywhere should all have the same opportunities to grow up and pursue their dreams and passions, on or off the field…
Sports bring together people from all backgrounds and experiences through a shared passion, and YouTube shares that spirit of connecting diverse communities to make a difference. In celebration of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil and LGBT Pride month, we’re honoring the LGBT athletes, their supporters, as well as the YouTube Creators who stand up for diversity in sports and elsewhere—all of whom help create an equal and inclusive playing field for everyone.
Inspired by #ProudToLove last year, we’re calling this effort #ProudToPlay.
Join the conversation by uploading a video talking about what being #ProudToPlay means to you. Over the course of Pride month, Logo (our parent company) will share a collection of videos about the LGBT community and sports on theYouTube Spotlight Channel.