Big Tech came out on June 30th to support the LGBT community in celebrating the historic SCOTUS dismissal of DOMA. Such a grand public display of participation by major global corporations is relatively new and even unexpected to many attendees. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook had over 700 employees at pride, and Google had over 1,400, around 40% more than last year. Oracle, Dropbox, Twitter, EA, Zynga, Intel, Yahoo!, eBay and Salesforce were also represented by large numbers and clever branding.
In Techcrunch, Billy Gallagher noted that it “seemed more like the fulfillment of an expectation”, then went on to say, “Now, just having fair employment practices isn’t enough. Tech companies, and others, are showing their public support at celebrations like Pride with big team outings that build team cohesiveness and celebrate the company. Those who don’t could be seen as not supporting LGBT employees and could be hurt in recruiting talent.”
Active support of equality for all is integral to the vision of the Anita Borg Institute. Find out more about participating with the LGBT community of women technologists, by visiting the Systers LGBT forum.