Here’s How Google Philippines is Fostering an Inclusive Culture for LGBTQ+ Employees

Google is one of the biggest companies in the Philippines and the world, so it comes as no surprise that the Philippine outpost has a progressive stance on equality and diversity. This Pride Month, they’re proud to share that they foster an inclusive culture for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression (SOGIE).

At Google Philippines, employees who are part of the LGBTQ+ community are respected, celebrated, and empowered. The company ensures that they enjoy the same opportunity to shine, be heard, and succeed in the organization just as much as any other employee. Below are just some of the benefits for Google’s LGBTQ+ employees around the world, including the Philippines:

Same-sex health benefits

Google is committed to providing same-sex health coverage for Googlers and their partners.

Employee assistance program

Google offers free emotional wellbeing support, 24/7, 365 days for Googlers and their dependents, as well as access to free expert information on legal, financial, and other topics. These services are confidential.

Parental leave

A non-birth parent has at least 12 weeks of paid parental leave to spend with a new child (any parent who has a child born or adopted). A ramp-back policy to help a non-birth parent transition back to work after a long leave is available.

Googlers also have the freedom of establishing their preferred pronouns (he, she, xe, they) so colleagues will know how to best address a LGBTQ+ employee in the workplace to show inclusion and respect.

“At Google, the use of preferred pronouns lives beyond work profiles and email signatures. Before a meeting begins, we may ask each other our preferred pronouns to address our colleagues accordingly and show respect. This demonstrates that LGBTQ+ employees are important and are always included in the discussion,” shares Melai Lopez, a trans woman and a Program Manager at Google Philippines.

Melai adds, “Google encourages us to form and participate in employee resource groups like Pride@Google. With this, I am able to use my voice to spark necessary conversations in the company and to contribute to the external LGBTQ+ community through high-impact programs and initiatives.”

Google Philippines is holding an online event called “Pride Conversations” to create a discussion and champion some of today’s inspiring members of the Filipino LGBTQ+ community. This will be streamed live on Google Philippines YouTube channel on June 30, 2020 at 5:00PM.

Lopez will be will be one of the speakers and she will be joined by Antipolo City Barangay Councilor Kristine Ibardolaza; Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery Fellow Dr. Berry Beriña; motorcycle enthusiast and vlogger Gaki Azurin, more popularly known as “GakiMoto”; comedian, host, and YouTube creator Mikey Bustos.


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