Google Exporting LGBT Love Around The World

GoogleGayShirtGoogle, one of the nation's most LGBT-friendly companies in the United States, is exporting its inclusive philosophy abroad through a "Legalize Love" set to launch tomorrow in first Poland and Singapore and then, they hope, the rest of the world.

Instinct offers more details:

Gay Star News says the campaign "will tackle places where it is illegal to be gay, or where there are other anti-gay laws or where the culture is homophobic."

Google, long known for their pro-LGBT business practices, has a clear goal.

The company's Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe says: "We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work."

Google will join forces with other non-government organizations (NGO's) to lobby the governments.

Singapore is specifically mentioned, says Palmer-Edgecumbe, because it "wants to be a global financial center and world leader [and being] a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation."


  1. doogiehowsah says

    re: “the nation’s/in the United States,” yeah, seriously Towleroad, I love you, I check you multiple times a day, but lately stuff has been getting sloppy — writing that doesn’t just have typos or errors but is lazy and hard to read (like the first few sentences of the Spiderman review). I wouldn’t stay I’m starting to avoid the site, but I’m starting to get annoyed. Maybe just having somebody check stuff before it gets posted might be a good idea for a while?

  2. Mitchell says

    For Singapore to get to where the US is today, it’ll probably take them another 50-70 years.

  3. PaulJ says

    I am an American ex-pat living in Singapore. Google was out in full force for PinkDot, the annual LGBT event here last weekend. It was 15,000 people strong and Google was a major supporter, great to see.

    The best part was the government controlled media the next day proclaiming the event was to celebrate love, no mention of LGBT in any articles or news stories. Photos in the local press featured woman, no men. There were no police to be seen any where since they are plain-clothed and mixed well into the crowd.. Cameras stationed at all key points at the event captured it all for the watchful eye of big brother.

    In Singapore, sex between men is still a crime. Section 377A of the Penal Code of Singapore is the main remaining piece of legislation which criminalises sex between mutually consenting adult men.
    Section 377A (“Outrages on decency”) states that:
    Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.

    Of course, it is not enforced, so why have it on the books?

    Events like PinkDot and support from companies like Google cause governments to take notice and will eventually lead to the repeal of laws like 377a.

    Next year, we are aiming for 25,000 at PinkDot. If it gets to be too large, the government aims to close the event down, I hope the acts of gross indecency include civil unrest and protest.

    Thanks Google.

  4. PaulJ says

    “For Singapore to get to where the US is today, it’ll probably take them another 50-70 years.”

    Mitchell, I don’t really think Singapore is 50-70 years behind the US in anything. Singapore is a very very gay place. Lots of men and women living together as partners, gay bars, clubs, events.. You name it.

    What you may be reacting to is to is the conservative nature of the people in Asia. Singapore is a most advanced nation, very hi-tech. I don’t carry keys, my fingerprint opens all of the doors to my condo, the subways are gorgeous and run every two minutes giving you time to enjoy the orchard gardens 100 feet underground. It is a bit conservative. A&F did open its flagship ASIA store recently with a giant electronic screen showing constant images of young scantily clad guys groping one another. Did not seem to bother anyone…

    Many I know are not out to their families who originally came from China, Malaysia and India. They don’t care about the laws, it is about “shaming” the family. I helped on friend come out and it worked out well for him, he is independent and lives on his own. Many stay with their parents well into their 30’s as the cost of housing here is unreal. My 1100 SF apartment sold for USD$3.3M or $3200 per square foot – it may come down to economics as well.

    But things are turning and rather quickly. I would say Singapore is about 10 years behind the US with respect to LGBT issues. There are no laws like we have in the US (DOMA) prohibiting rights. We don’t have outspoken creepy right wing politicians proclaiming a “homosexual agenda.”

    The change is happening and the government will eventually do what is right if it wishes for Singapore to continue to attract multi-nationals, investment and high growth to remain the wealthiest nation in Asia.

    Time is needed. But before you cast aspersions on countries you have never likely gotten to know, perhaps do a bit of research?

  5. Tony says

    Before some freaky creatures give the wrong impression to other similarly freaky creatures that Singapore can become a freaky nation like US, think again and again!

    I’m glad that someone had finally acknowledged and confirm the growth of the freaky, abnormal, unnatural and hideous gay movement in Singapore was orchestrated by external freaky forces, so, just wait and you will see the backlash against you bunch of freaky animals and creatures!

  6. darkorient says

    Damn you people, why can’t you just feel happy for Google’s support? You guys in the developed world might miss this point but Google is very powerful and influential that it reaches to the nook and crannies of third world countries like mine, Indonesia. It’s really great that Google especially mentioned our neighbor, Singapore. Hopefully Singapore will soon be an LGBT-friendly nation and the rest of the regions will follow suit.

  7. Mitchell says


    I lived in Singapore for my entire childhood. I moved to the States starting from last year to start college, so I do know a fair a bit about Singapore culture.

    While there may be no real consequence towards gays/lesbians (377A being a useless act that doesn’t serve to do anything in particular), Singapore is not going to recognize any rights towards gays/lesbians in the next 30-40 years at the very least.

    At my last job interview after I graduated high school, there was a question in the job application stating “Have you engaged in homosexual behavior/man-to-man sex in the last 2 years?”

    Censorship continues to block out any real gay/lesbian news in the local media, and when it does come up it is portrayed negatively. If you watched the local TV shows, homosexuality have been compared to being even worse than adultery.

    Marriage will probably be even further out of the question.

  8. says

    I think this a huge hoax. Why would GAY STAR NEWS get this story to break, and no one else? Wouldn’t Google call a press conference or send out a press release? It fishy! I am not buying it.

  9. says

    I think this a huge hoax. Why would GAY STAR NEWS get this story to break, and no one else? Wouldn’t Google call a press conference or send out a press release? It fishy! I am not buying it.

  10. jamal49 says

    Well, that’s one good thing about being a monopoly. A boycott by NOM or Million Moms is dead at the starting gate. Go Google!

  11. Brad says

    Talk about Scientology. It’s time for the Freak-quality show to watch it. The same story on CNN produced a tsunami of negative and anti-gay responses. You’re underestimating, but unfortunately you will. Wake up. Stop whiffing ass. It ain’t happening.