500 signatures reached
To: Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Tell Google to support freedom of expression of drag and future LGBTQ+ events
During Pride month, Google rescinded its support and sponsorship of an optional “Pride and Drag Show” in San Francisco organized by LGBTQ+ employees. The same event was sponsored by Google last year without any issues, but this year, a hateful petition with only a few hundred signatures was enough to cause Google to walk back its support.
We need to send a message, loud and clear, that LGBTQ+ employees at Google deserve to be supported 365 days a year.
Why is this important?
Google boasts about supporting its LGBTQ+ employees, stating “authenticity should always be embraced.” Yet they were quick to cave to bigots who claimed that their optional Pride drag performance was “a direct affront to the religious beliefs and sensitivities of Christians.” If only a few hundred signatures could result in them canceling their sponsorship for a Pride event, what else might they be willing to roll back in an attempt to align themselves with anti-LGBTQ+ extremists?
LGBTQ+ people and allies need to show up LOUDLY and STRONGLY in support of LGBTQ+ employees at Google and make it clear that we won’t allow Big Tech to cave to discrimination.