Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Media Contacts: Christopher Wood, LGBT Technology Partnership,
LGBT Technology Partnership Salutes the Tech Sector For Once Again Leading the Way in Equality
WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2014 – No other technology has allowed LGBT communities to transcend geographic barriers like the Internet. Having the ability to share a few words, an image or a video around the world in mere seconds has changed the ways LGBT communities mobilize, face injustices and fight oppression. With the Olympic Games taking place later this week in Sochi, Russia, the Internet once again has played a pivotal role in uncovering and shining a spotlight on injustices.
At the same time, much the way technology companies have shown leadership in diversity and inclusion, the tech sector is leading the way in publicly condemning Russia’s ongoing discrimination against the LGBT community. Today AT&T, in a press release, became the first major U.S. corporation to publicly speak out against Russia’s discrimination of the LGBT community. Their press release reads as follows:
AT&T has a long and proud history of support for the LGBT community in the United States and everywhere around the world where we do business. We support LGBT equality globally and we condemn violence, discrimination and harassment targeted against LGBT individuals everywhere. Russia’s law is harmful to LGBT individuals and families, and it’s harmful to a diverse society.