By Daniel Reynolds
Originally published on Advocate.com August 21 2014 3:54 PM ET
Google is going to get an award from GLAAD.
The tech giant, along with its video-sharing subsidiary YouTube, will be honored at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers event, set for September 13.
The companies will receive the LGBT media advocacy groups’s inaugural Ric Weiland Award, which is named after the gay technology pioneer who was among the first employees at Microsoft. Weiland went on to become a notable philanthropist for LGBT causes, and the award honors his spirit of making change in the digital age.
The honor recognizes Google’s many campaigns in support of LGBT people, including its backing of the campaign to repeal Proposition 8, its LGBT-inclusive healthcare coverage, its rainbow-themed Google doodle that supported LGBT athletes during the Sochi Winter Olympics, and YouTube’s recent #ProudToPlay campaign, which pushed for equality in sports.
The Ric Weiland Award will be presented by LGBT YouTube stars Hannah Hart and Tyler Oakley, the gay vlogger who was also the cover subject for The Advocate’s “40 Under 40” this year.
Hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Taryn Manning, the gala will also honor Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, who rose to the national spotlight as lead plaintiffs in the case that ultimately struck down Proposition 8, Hollingsworth v. Perry.
For ticket information, visit GLAAD.org.