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Google Celebrates Gay Pride Month, Supports LGBT Employees

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Google is celebrating gay pride month in a big way. From its internal committees to its speaker series and fundraising events, Google supports the LGBT community and employees unlike most workplaces.

In a post on Google+, Life at Google documented the behind-the-scenes of Google’s outreach this month:

“From Silicon Valley LGBTQ mixers to Hangouts with Google Executives, planning a successful Google Pride is about more than coordinating the colors of the rainbow. Gayglers from all departments of Google formed sub-committees to discuss budget, plan events, order schwag and advertise Pride while keeping an eye on the prize: ensuring the messages of diversity, inclusion and pride are central themes throughout it all.”

Here’s this year’s Google Pride logo from its worldwide logo design contest, which will be printed on shirts worn by Googlers as they march for the eighth year in the Pride Parade on June 30:

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The parade will be on the heels of a two U.S. Supreme Court decisions involving gay rights: California’s Prop 8 allowing same-sex marriage and the ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The decisions are set to be announced this week.

Google has long been a supporter of the LGBT community. Just last year, they enhanced medical benefits for transgender employees in what has been referred to as “the gold standard.” This year, Google showed its support in many ways, one of them being to highlight stories of LGBT employees on the Life at Google page on Google+.

Google further makes itself part of the movement by extending its products to the movement. Right now, any LGBT-related searches online currently bring up this specially designed search bar:

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And Google+ Hangouts have been instrumental in facilitating same-sex marriage in France where same-sex marriage was not attainable. Check out this video to find out how:


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