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googlegayGoogle is launching an international ‘Legalize Love’ campaign to support its workers in countries that criminalise homosexuality.

The campaign aims to promote safer conditions for the LGBT community outside the office as well as encourage diversity and acceptance within the wider community.

As part of the World Pride celebration in London this year, Google will hold the first ever ‘Legalise Love’ Conference to discuss ways to eliminate homophobia.


“We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office,” says Google’s Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, head of the company’s diversity team, at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London. “It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work.”

With guest speakers such as Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty Human Rights and long-time campaigner Peter Tatchell, Google is “bringing 100 guests from LGBT advocacy groups, employee networks, and diversity organisations to our office in London.”

The internet searching giant has 60 offices around the world. Google will specifically target countries where homosexuality is illegal, such as Singapore and Poland, CNN reports.

PC Magazine reports the campaign to be Google’s push for marriage equality, but The Washington Post states “the tech giant says its new “Legalize Love” campaign isn’t about gay marriage at all.”

The influence Google has on the international market will surely make waves with political leaders.

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Google has a long history of supporting Pride Celebrations around the world, including hosting two Queer Thinking seminars on ‘Activism in the Internet Age’ and ‘Queer Careers’ at this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras.

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