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Google Goes Gay, Globally

Yesterday, at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London, Google announced its new "Legalize Love" campaign, which intends to work with pro-gay grassroots organizations and small businesses in those countries where anti-gay laws are still on the books, and in which Google has a business interest.

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GaygleThe "Legalize Love" campaign officially launches in Poland and Singapore on Saturday, July 7th. Google intends to eventually expand the initiative to every country where the company has an office, and will focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist. 

Google's Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe outlined the initiative at a Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London earlier today. "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 acknowledges that the Legalize Love campaign isn't entirely altruistic. Google's Mark Palmer-Edgcumbe notes that the company has, on several occasions, wished to place a highly skilled gay employee in a particular country, but couldn't because of that country's anti-gay policies. Palmer-Edgcumbe singled out Singapore for special criticism:

Singapore wants to be a global financial center and world leader and we can push them on the fact that being a global center and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation.

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."

'I Just Made Love' App Apparently A Dream Come True For Horny Polish Oversharers

IjustmadeloveDid you just make love? Do you want to tell the world about it? There's an app for that!

"I Just Made Love" is catching on in Europe. At least, it's catching on in Poland. According to The Daily Mail:

The Android - and now iPhone - app lets you record where, when and even in what position you 'made love' - and then upload it to an online database - with your comments.

The Android app has already been downloaded 10,000 times.

The I Just Made Love site claims to have recorded 193,000 'acts of love' ... Most of the posts via the site so far seem to be in Polish - with only isolated instances of lovemaking in other countries.

Along with the blunt fact of your having got lucky, the app lets you note where it happened, and allows you to provide a "very limited" amount of context -- whether the encounter occured indoors, outdoors, in a car, or on a boat. It's the perfect app for the Don Juan cum compulsive oversharer. Assuming compulsive oversharers get laid.

Leaping into the Abyss: VIDEO


Polish daredevils leap 255 feet into an abandoned gold mine in the Czech Republic. According to Gizmodo, "They spent four days underground to explore and prepare for their leap of faith into the darkness, using ten hours to build the jump machine."


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Polish Court Ruling Allows Nationalist Group to Register Graphic Anti-Gay Icon as Official Symbol

Out gay Polish MP Robert Biedron has urged the Ministry of Justice to intervene after a court ruling allowed a far-right nationalist group to register a graphic depicting gay sex with a bar through it as one of its official symbols, AFP reports:

PolandIn a little-noticed decision at the end of October, a court allowed the small National Rebirth of Poland (NOP) party to register two symbols. One was the Celtic cross, used by far-right movements internationally, while the other was a stylized illustration of gay sex with a bar through it.

The NOP trumpeted the court ruling on its website earlier this week, saying it capped a two-year legal battle. Grzegorz Schetyna, a senior player in Poland's ruling centrist Civic Platform, accused the judge who made the ruling of failing in his duties.

"Such symbols are unacceptable," he told the station Radio Zet

Biedron is the first openly gay member to be elected to parliament. He was recently seated along with Anna Grodzka, Poland's first transgender MP.

Transgender Woman, Out Gay Man Take Seats in Polish Parliament


In what the AP is describing as a reflection of "profound social change," in Poland, an opennly gay man and a transgender woman have taken seats in that nation's parliament:

Anna Grodzka, who was born a man but underwent a sex change operation, entered the assembly hall wearing a burgundy skirt and jacket. Several men and women shook her hand, while one male lawmaker kissed her on the cheek.

Grodzka then took a seat next to Robert Biedron, a leading gay rights activist who is the first openly gay person to be elected to parliament. Both belong to Palikot’s Movement, a new progressive party that became the third-largest party in parliament in Oct. 9 elections.

Palikot’s Movement has vowed to push for liberal causes. It opposes the power of the church in society, promotes gay rights, and wants to challenge the country’s near-total ban on abortion.

Poland: Transsexual and openly gay man take seats in new parliament in sign of historic change [ap]


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