The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, joined the festivities this weekend at the San Fransisco Pride Parade to celebrate the end of LGBT pride month. Along with him were many Apple employees. In fact, Apple had over 5,000 employees and family members at the parade. They wore Apple pride shirts with an updated rainbow Apple logo. Apple employees also handed out $1 iTunes gift cards so pride marchers could buy a new song.
Apple takes diversity seriously, and the company has been quite vocal about LGBT rights. The company donated money to fight prop. 8 in California, and Tim Cook has publically voiced his support for ENDA, the Employee Non Discrimination Act. Cook has also been vocal about Apple’s support of the environment, and they’ve helped raise millions for (Red to help in the fight against AIDs. It’s things like this that actually make me proud to be an Apple customer. How about you?
Apple users can be proud of the company they’ve supported, but what about other tech giants? Technology companies are famously open minded, so surely a few have voiced their support for equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trangender people, right? Fortunately, the answer to this question is yes. Yes, of course. Apple wasn’t alone in marching during a pride parade this weekend. They were joined in celebration by Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Dropbox, Microsoft, Uber, LinkedIn, Box, Salesforce, AirBnB, Lyft, WillCall, Instagram, and many others. Dropbox was even giving out 5GB of free storage to participants.
It’s nice to see such wide acceptance and support for equality from these huge tech companies. These successful companies could easily remain silent and continue to rake in huge profits. Instead, they use their standing to promote equality. I’m happy to say that I’m part of this industry, and work for a company that is open and accepting of all people, regardless of their race, religion, gender, or sexual preference. Now if only lawmakers were so enlightened.