In the past few days, there’s been a push for two new LGBT equality charities, one of which comes from a company you know, and the other I’ve found only because I read other blogs (thanks, GoodAsYou.com!). Â And both of these deserve people’s attention, respect, and money.
The first one came about a few days ago, from Google. Â Google happens to be a strong advocate of GLBT rights, and has offices around the world. Â They have a lot of brilliant people that work for them, and sometimes they need to place people around the world in different offices. Â But what about if they had to put a gay man or lesbian woman at an office in Uganda, home of the “Kill The Gays” bill? Â They wouldn’t do that.
When the Google project “Legalize Love” originally hit the airways, lots of people mistakingly thought it was to push for marriage equality across the globe. Â Honestly, that wouldn’t be a good use of their efforts. Â I mean, just look at how fractured we are here in the United States? Â No, Google’s “Legalize Love” program is to push tolerance. Â Their press release says it better than I can:
“‘Legalize Love’ is a campaign to promote safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office in countries with anti-gay laws on the books,” Google said in a written statement.
And it’s an awesome idea.
Quick on the heels of that, I watched a video interview of John Barrowman where he speaks of the Kaleidoscope Trust, and their push to point out anti-LGBT laws and injustice throughout the world. Â The interview is below, and it includes a quick commercial that really drives home the injustices that GLBT people face, just because of who they are.
If you have some time or money, look to both of these groups, and offer to help out – be it time or money. Â Because we all deserve equal justice under the law.