Google Staff Petition SF Pride To Nix Company From Parade

As this weekend's San Francisco Pride looms closer, Google has about 100 detractors in their court and, surprisingly, they're Google employees.

According to per a new report from Bloomberg, the detractors are pressuring the folks behind the LGBTQ festivity to pull Google out as a sponsor of the parade because the internet giant's handling of blogosphere hate. "Whenever we press for change, we are told only that the company will ‘take a hard look at these policies,'" the employees wrote in a letter via Medium sent on Wednesday (June 26) to the board of directors of San Francisco Pride. "But we are never given a commitment to improve, and when we ask when these improvements will be made, we are always told to be patient. We are told to wait. For a large company, perhaps waiting is prudent, but for those whose very right to exist is threatened, we say there is no time to waste, and we have waited too long, already."

Meanwhile, a Google spokesperson shared a different side of the story, arguing that the company celebrates the LGBTQ community and their own "Gaygler" community are divided on the issue. Some have reportedly been circulating an anti-petition that is in support of the company being part of this weekend's festivities.

In case you weren't aware, Google has been under fire how its response to homophobic and racist jokes made in part by conservative comedian and commentator Steven Crowder on YouTube, the video company that is owned by the internet big-wig. In early June, YouTube hit back, contesting that Crowder's videos did not violate any policies.

WorldPride 2019 is in full effect and iHeartPride is celebrating the monumental June celebration with all kinds of coverage. iHeartRadio, Z100 New York and 103.5 KTU are Presenting Media Sponsors for NYC Pride and we’re taking the milestone to heart with LGBTQ-focused coverage on everything from entertainment, politics and details on the summer festivities. After all, it does coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Stay tuned for more on World Pride 2019 and keep an eye out for our float in the Big Apple’s all accumulating parade on June 30!

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