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Tech Diversity Reports Leaving Out LGBT Employees

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

FacebookRecently, various tech companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter, have been releasing diversity reports for the first time in history. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these reports show that the majority of employees at these tech juggernauts are white and male. But perhaps the least progressive thing about these diversity reports is what they leave out: they do not report on sexuality at all, nor do they offer any gender options beside male and female.

These facts stand in contrast to tech’s huge presence in San Francisco’s pride two months ago. Reuters quoted Fred Sainz, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the Human Rights Campaign, saying of participation in the parade: “It’s a dog whistle to their consumer base that these tech firms are cool, with it, and progressive.” A former employee of both Google and Apple said, “Tech companies need to be at Pride simply to be in the game.”

The reports from these companies have come with public statements that say they are working to change these numbers. Apple’s openly gay CEO, Tim Cook, said, “As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.”

Authored By Rebecca Ann Schuetz – See the Full Story at Dot429

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Google Unveils New Rainbow Navbar for Gay Pride Month

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Go to Google and try searching for gay pride, gay, lesbian, transgender, or a handful of other keywords, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see a rainbow-colorred background on the page’s navigation bar.

It’s Google’s way of saying “Happy Pride!”

Thanks to Tyler Albertario for tipping us to this!

Google Gay Pride

Google Celebrates Gay Pride Month

Silicon Valley’s Prop 8 Donations By Company

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Nate Silver Silicon Valley Prop 8 Graph

In the wake of Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich’s departure, gay uber statistician Nate Silver breaks down how Silicon Valley donated its money in the Prop 8 initiative race. Note: This is only a breakdown of the individuals who donated to either side of the Prop 8 initiative in Silicon Valley and who noted their company, not how the companies themselves donated.

Joe.My.God reports:

The list includes Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Cisco Systems, Apple, Google, Sun Microsystems, eBay, Oracle, Yahoo, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Symantec. I limited the search to donors who listed California as their location. In total between these 11 companies, 83 percent of employee donations were in opposition to Proposition 8. So Eich was in a 17 percent minority relative to the top companies in Silicon Valley. However, there was quite a bit of variation from business to business. At Intel, 60 percent of employee donations were in support of Proposition 8. By contrast, at Apple, 94 percent of employee donations were made in opposition to Proposition 8. The opposition was even higher at Google, where 96 percent of employee donations were against it, including $100,000 from co-founder Sergey Brin. There isn’t much data on Mozilla. Only four Proposition 8 donors listed it as their employer: Eich, who donated in support of the measure, and three others who opposed it.

It’s interesting to see the different corporate cultures reflected in these donation patterns.

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Russia: Updates on Sochi and the Anti Gay Laws

Friday, February 7th, 2014

As the Sochi olympics get underway, we have some updates on the games and Russia’s anti gay propaganda law.

Dutch SnowboarderOur favorite story of the morning – Dutch snowboarder Cheryl Maas showed her support for the LGBT community at the end of her run. reports:

Dutch snowboarder Cheryl Maas, who is one of six openly gay athletes competing in Sochi, failed to qualify in the slopestyle event at Sochi yesterday and will have to try again on Saturday. As the camera focused on Maas at the end of her run she looked right into it and lifted a gloved hand to the lens – which just happened to be covered in unicorns and rainbows.

This is awesome in so many ways.

Google FoodleGoogle also jumped on the protest bandwagon. reports:

Google’s Doodle has gone rainbow in an apparent response to the Sochi Games and Russia’s law banning ‘gay propaganda’. A quote from the Olympic Charter sits below the doodle: “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

How many millions of people use Google and will see this meassage? I wonder if it’s appearing in Russia?

Channel Four Rainbow LogoThe UK’s Channel 4 also got into the act.

Joe.My.God reports:

This is fantastic. Via the Guardian: Channel 4 is to rebrand its on-screen logo with rainbow colours of the gay pride flag – and launch a TV ad campaign called “Gay Mountain” – joining the rising wave of protests about Russia’s anti-gay laws on the eve of the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Channel 4, which has the TV broadcast rights to the Winter Paralympics, joins the growing ranks showing their support for gay athletes and protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

In other news, Asian leaders seemed unconcerned by the debate over LGBT rights at the Games.

Edge Boston reports:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Chinese counterpart appear not to be bothered by the international ruckus over Russia’s law restricting gay rights. Unlike President Barack Obama, who pointedly declined to attend the Winter Olympics, the leaders of the world’s second and third largest economies – where gay rights are not a hot-button political issue – are going to Sochi. Also skipping the event are French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German President Joachim Gauck.

Not surprising, given that gays in both countries have very few rights.

Queerty takes a look at the protests, and what may happen next:

The Russian government will not take kindly to protests in Russia proper, to stay the least, so while the games offer a world stage for activists, they’ll be subjected to a brutal police force backed by harsh anti-propaganda laws. The wimpy IOC isn’t making things any easier by walking on eggshells, and for gay and hundreds of pro-gay straight athletes whose competitive (and sponsorship) aspirations hinge on these Olympics, dreams of the podium should and will occupy almost every waking thought. Even so, we foresee high drama and lots of conflict — that much we can be sure of. Here’s a look at the ways people are already protesting, what we may see once the games are under way and what you can do.

Gay activists are launching a Sochi war room in New York.

The New York Times reports:

Activists angry about a law in Russia against “homosexual propaganda” are intensifying efforts to mock and minimize the Winter Games. Some intend to operate what they call a #CheersToSochi War Room on Friday, during the NBC coverage of the opening ceremony, in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. The name refers to a hashtag in social media promoted by McDonald’s that was co-opted by protesters to the point where McDonald’s stopped using it. The war room initiative will give participants a chance to “provide alternative commentary, using Twitter, Facebook and social media networks,” an invitation on Facebook reads, and “challenge the pro-Russia, pro-International Olympic Committee and sponsor-driven messages broadcast by NBC.”

Russia has arrested four gay rights activists in St. Oetersburg.

Gay Star News reports:

Russia has made the first arrests of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Four gay rights activists, including one pregnant woman, were arrested in St Petersburg today. LGBTI advocate Anastasia Smirnova led the group holding a banner, according to the Russian LGBT network. It said: ‘Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement. Principle 6. Olympic Charter.’ Speaking to Gay Star News, a police spokesman confirmed the arrests and said they would be held until further notice. They could answer no further questions at this time.

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