January 31, 2019
A Google executive sparked backlash from LGBT- supporting employees after using the term “family” in an internal presentation.
The Daily Caller exposed  a 2017 incident where Google was in uproar over a “family”-oriented product aimed at children. LGBT-sympathetic employees disparaged the term as “offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong” because it denies that non-traditional arrangements, such as childless couples, are families.
One angry employee’s memo, which was well-received by Google’s community, read “‘family’ as a synonym for ‘with children’ has a long-standing association with deeply homophobic organizations.”
About 100 other Google employees have upvoted this post, some of whom wrote sentiments like “Thanks for writing this. So much yes.”
“It smacks of the ‘family values’ agenda by the right wing, which is absolutely homophobic by its very definition… As a straight person in a relationship, I find the term ‘family’ offensive because it excludes me and my boyfriend, having no children of our own.”
Another employee added, “My family consists of me and several other trans feminine folks, some of whom I’m dating… 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.”
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