Report: Google employees complained word ‘family’ was homophobic in company presentation
January 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Some employees at internet giant Google find the mere mention of the word “family” to be a slight against homosexuals because they cannot procreate, according to private documents leaked this week to the Daily Caller.
On Tuesday, the Caller reported that an anonymous source provided documents detailing the backlash to a March 2017 company-wide presentation, which repeatedly used the word “family” to denote households with children. One employee reportedly stormed out of the presentation, then wrote a lengthy post explaining his displeasure.
“If you mean ‘children,' say ‘children;’ we have a perfectly good word for it. ‘Family friendly’ used as a synonym for ‘kid friendly’ means, to me, ‘you and yours don’t count as a family unless you have children.' And while kids may often be less aware of it, there are kids without families too, you know,” he explained, claiming that associating “family” with children “has a long-standing association with deeply homophobic organizations,” and to counter it “we must doggedly insist that family does not imply children.”
“Even the sense, ‘suitable for the whole family,’ which you might think is unobjectionable, is totally wrong too. It only works if we have advance shared conception of what ‘the whole family’ is, and that is almost always used to mean a household with two adults, of opposite sex, in a romantic/sexual relationship, with two or more of their own children,” the post continued. “Use the word ‘family’ to mean a loving assemblage of people who may or may not live together and may or may not include people of any particular age. STOP using it to mean ‘children.' It’s offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong.”
The post reportedly received upvotes from approximately 100 Google employees, with several chiming in to agree.
“Thanks for writing this. So much yes,” one colleague said. “It smacks of the ‘family values’ agenda by the right wing, which is absolutely homophobic by its very definition,” another agreed. A number of the replies did not take offense at the “exclusionary” language on “homophobia” grounds, but found it offensive because it supposedly slighted them for being single and/or childless, or for excluding their pets.
“My family consists of me and several other trans feminine folks, some of whom I’m dating. We’re all supportive of each other and eventually aspire to live together,” another added. “Just because we aren’t a heterosexual couple with 2.5 kids, a white picket fence, and a dog doesn’t mean we’re not a family,” another employee added in agreement.”
At one point, Google vice president Pavni Diwanji even responded, conceding that “what we said at tgif might have caused concerns in the way we talked about families.” He asked the employees to help “get to a better state” and “teach us how to talk about it in inclusive way, if you feel like we are not doing it well.”
The dispute is the latest in a series of leaked private conversations that appear to show the dominant ideologies at Google are dramatically out of step with the country at large, despite publicly professing to offer completely nonpartisan services.
Previous Google scandals include analysis finding a heavy left-wing tilt to news sources, estimates that Google may have swung as many as 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton in 2016, partnership with the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center for flagging "hate," and various leaked private communications, among other incidents.
Conservative commentator Dennis Prager is currently taking Google to court for placing more than 80 of his Prager University YouTube videos in "restricted mode," allegedly under false pretenses, and earlier this week the pro-life group Live Action saw one of its undercover investigation videos deleted for alleged "sexually provocative content." YouTube restored the video after Live Action publicly objected to and privately appealed its deletion.
The Daily Caller says Google did not respond to a request for comment on employees’ private revolt against the word “family.”