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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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Update: Apple Removes “Bisexual” From List of Flagged Words

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

QuistJust heard back from our friend Sarah at Quist – Apple has removed the term “bisexual” from its list of flagged words.

The earlier story is here.

Apple Flags “Bisexual” Term in Gay App

Monday, August 12th, 2013

QuistFull disclosure – we advertise in the Quist app for our Purple Unions and Purple Roofs directories. Here’s the press release from Quist:

The LGBTQ history app Quist launched two weeks ago for iOS and Android and has already been downloaded 10,000 times in 60 countries. But when Quist’s owner logged into iTunes Connect this morning to update the iTunes App Store description of the free app, she saw the following message: “The following is not recommended for use in this field: bisexual. Your app may be rejected if you use this term.”

“I was shocked because of I know Apple has an LGBT-friendly track record,” says Sarah Prager, 27. She immediately created a Change.org petition asking Apple to remove “bisexual” from the warning list. Prager continued: “While gay and lesbian rights move forward, the bisexual community is still struggling for visibility and acceptance. Treating the word ‘bisexual’ as spam instead of an identity contributes to the stigma.”

The petition can be viewed here.

Quist’s mission is to educate the world about the roots of the LGBTQ community, make LGBTQ history more engaging and relevant, let LGBTQ youth know that others have shared their struggle, and promote organizations that make LGBTQ history today and every day. The project’s expenses are supported by LGBT-friendly businesses advertising in the app and fans’ donations. The app is free for iOS and Android.

USA: Apple, Morgan Stanley, Facebook, Intel, Others File Amicus Brief Against Prop 8

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

US Supreme CourtDozens of major corporations are set to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging it to overturn Prop 8 and make marriage equality the law of the land, Bloomberg reports:

Dozens of companies, including Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Morgan Stanley (MS), are planning to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, saying bans in 41 states harm workplace morale and undermine recruiting. The group, which also includes Facebook Inc. (FB) and Intel Corp., (INTC) will make its case this week as the high court prepares to take up California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that halted gay marriage after it was allowed for five months.

The brief explains:

“No matter how welcoming the corporate culture, it cannot overcome the societal stigma institutionalized by Proposition 8 and similar laws,” the companies will argue, according to a copy of the brief provided by Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe LLP, the law firm representing the group.

Another, larger group is filing a brief in the Defense of Marriage Act case:

A larger group of companies — more than 200 — is also poised to side with gay-rights advocates in a second Supreme Court case, involving a federal law that defines marriage as a heterosexual union. Under that law, known as the Defense of Marriage Act, legally married gay couples can’t claim the federal tax breaks and other benefits available to opposite-sex spouses.

The pressure mounts…

Apple Rejects Anti Marriage Equality App A Second Time

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Manhattan Declaration AppOriginally rejected in late November to loud protest from the wingnuts, the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration app has again been rejected by Apple’s app store, GLAAD reports:

“Apple rejected the second submission on the same grounds as the first, noting that the app is likely “to expose a group to harm” and “to be objectionable and potentially harmful to others.”

The Manhattan Declaration website posted a statement on December 23 announcing Appleā€™s rejection of the app, and the makers of the content plan to take the issue to the Apple’s App Review Board after the holidays. Media coverage of this second rejection does not seem to have been picked up by many conservative outlets as of yet.”

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Anti-Gay Manhattan Declaration App Resubmitted to Apple

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

The drafters of the Manhattan Declaration are taking another crack at their Apple iPhone app and have a submitted a revised version to Apple, after that company pulled the original app from its app store for being offensive and homophobic.

Along with a revised app, a petition, signed by Manhattan Declaration supporters, was also submitted to Steve Jobs of Apple. The petition urges Apple to reinstate the app.

According to the apps designers, the revised version will no longer contain a poll that asked users about same-sex relationships and abortion.

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Apple Removes Anti Gay Manhattan Declaration App

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Apple has apparently removed an app from its iTunes store which rails against gay marriage and LGBT rights. The app, created by a Christian group, disappeared from the online store after media attention, including a report on PinkNews.co.uk.

It was based on the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto released in 2009 by Christian and Catholic leaders which rails against the “erosion” of marriage.

Apple did not return requests for comment and calls to Manhattan Declaration organisers went unanswered.

Full Story from Pink News

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Apple Censors Lady Gaga’s Gay Marriage Tweets on New Service?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Apple is notoriously squeamish about gay-themed iPhone apps. This ambivalence seems to have made the jump to Ping, The music social network Apple announced today. In a promo screenshot, they censored Lady Gaga’s tweets celebrating the demise of Prop 8.

Apple left out a string of tweets in which Gaga lauds the downfall of California’s anti-gay marriage law in its introduction of Ping, the new iTunes-based social network which lets you connect with artists and other music fans.

Full Story from Gawker

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