Google has announced commitments totaling $4 million in support of building an inclusive and equitable COVID-19 recovery for the LGBTQ+ community.
The commitment includes $2 million to the COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund at OutRight Action International, which over the next year will provide resources such as food, shelter, and job training to a hundred organizations across more than sixty countries, and support for frontline LGBTQ+ workers in North America.
According to Juan Rajlin, treasurer and co-global executive sponsor of PRIDE at Google, “This past year, the need for belonging has become more important than ever. The pandemic has separated us from loved ones and communities and caused significant loss for many. It is abundantly clear that we need an inclusive and equitable recovery.”
Initial fund recipients include the Transgender Law Center in the United States, Lesbian Organization against Violence and Inequality in the Philippines, and Casa das Pretas-Coisa de Mulher in Brazil. In addition, Google pledged $1 million in Ad Grants in support of OutRight’s work and another $1 million in Ad Grants in support of the Transgender Law Center and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.