An open letter signed by 120 Google LGBTQ employees and a census was presented Tuesday to Pride Council President Jacquelene Bishop and her colleagues asking the organization to ban their company from the Pride parade on Sunday as a protest against his anti-LGBTQ speech policy.
SF Pride has already said that Google will still have the right to participate in the parade, as reported by The Verge, but the publicity surrounding the employees' letter still shines with tension in the company that employs tens of thousands of people in the area the bay.
"We have spent countless hours to help our company improve policies and practices on LGBT + treatment, LGBT + depictions and harassment and hate speech targeting LGBT + individuals, YouTube and other products "Whenever we insist on change, we are told that only the company will" take a serious look at these policies. "But we have never been given a commitment to improve and when we ask when they will be made these improvements, we are always told that we must be patient
The letter goes on: "For a great company, they may be waiting wisely, but those whose very right to exist are threatened, we say that there is no time to waste and we have waited too long."
The clogging may have been directly triggered by a recent incident involving a conspiratorial YouTube spokesman, who was accused of harassing and denigrating a strange political intruder who works for Vox with repeated racist and homophobic hate speech. After considerable publicity, the host was punished by demoting his videos, but they were not removed, with Google saying the host ̵
But there are also problems in the company. As Wired reports, some outspoken Google diversity advocates have been targeting colleagues and have fallen into the conservative corner of social media in recent months. The Verge reported earlier this month that some employees have left the company, relying on the fact that they no longer feel safe.
The final catalyst appears to be an official denial by Google to allow dissatisfied LGBTQ employees to demonstrate some form of protest within the official pride of SF Pride on the parade, citing a violation of the company's communications policy. But here's where the protest letter becomes a little more exclusive and Millennial.
This is not a college, and Google should not act as a university in a forgiving protest, and there is also a word about organized movement of employees looking for change in company: union. Without the actual organization of work, everything else will be subject to the company's larger priorities.
In their letter, the employees acknowledge this and say, "We have looked at the possibility that our employer will punish us for signing this Letter … Despite these risks, we are forced to talk."
In response, Google issued a statement before The Verge, saying: "Google has gone to Parade Parade for more than a decade and we are excited We are grateful for the partnership and leadership of SF Pride."
SF Pride's statement says "Google YouTube can and should do more to elevate and defend the LGBTQ + creators' votes … [We’ve] found that Google was willing to listen to these criticisms and worked to develop appropriate policies [in the future] … Google has been a careful partner of SF Pride for years and has historically been a strong ally of LGBTQ + communities. "
Related: Google may be removed from SF Pride to resolve homophobic harassment
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