The Making of Google Pride 2013

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.

A steering committee was formed. Prominent LGBT leaders were secured to facilitate the Pride@Google speaker series. Fundraising happy hours at LGBTQ-friendly establishments were organized. A budget was drawn up. A global logo design contest was initiated on Google+. Over 1,000 t-shirts were made with the chosen logo. Google offices from around the US collaborated and brainstormed. Partnerships were created. A global gPride internal site was developed. And above all, lots and lots of meetings were had and ideas were shared.

The culmination of the meetings, planning and coordination will be the successful execution of Google’s 8th annual Pride Parade contingent, on June 30th for San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, and Dublin. Last year, over 600 Googlers marched in San Francisco’s parade; this year, the goal is 1,000+. 

If you’re planning on attending, bring a friend, wear your favorite LGBTQ inspired attire and get excited for the Google Stride of Pride...27 days and counting!

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