*Wanted to drop some Google + LGBT knowledge:*
*In the U.S., we have worked over the past two years to enhance our corporate benefits for the LGBT community at Google including overing imputed income tax for domestic partner benefits and achieving FMLA equivalency.
*We also announced last fall that we would be enhancing our transgender-inclusive benefits, including increasing our lifetime maximum to $75K and including related procedures in accordance with the WPATH Standards of Care.
*Our U.S. Benefits enhancements prompted us to review our global benefits coverage and we launched Domestic Partner Coverage in China and Hong Kong earlier this year, making Google one of the first companies to implement partner programs in these markets.
*In the Fall of 2010, the Gayglers produced and published an employee video for the “It Gets Better” project which has received over 700,000 views on YouTube.
*In conjunction, we made monetary contributions to The Trevor Project, GLSEN, Matthew Shepard Foundation and GroundSpark.
*Earlier this year, Google released a Chrome television ad featuring the “It Gets Better” project, which appeared on popular shows including Glee, American Idol and Gossip Girl.
*Unfortunately, there are many countries in which Google operates where members who identify with and support the LGBT community encounter discrimination on many levels, from verbal discrimination to criminal prosecution. Though our business and employees span the globe, our policies on equal employment and non-discrimination are universal in every Google office and protect employees on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
*In 2011 to date, more than 1,000 Googlers across over a dozen cities worldwide have participated in Pride celebrations (see Official Google Blog post). Perhaps most notably, Google became the first multinational corporation to provide public support for Pink Dot in Singapore. We had great Google participation in Mardi Gras in Sydney earlier this year, and are expecting strong support in Pride events throughout 2012.
So you see, it's not just a giant marketing campaign. We walk the walk, we don't just talk the talk.