LGBTQ Issues

Big Tech is one of the LGBTQ community’s strongest allies. Social media companies including Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and others all actively support the gay agenda. Some of the companies have lobbied in court and for legislation, while almost all have policies that restrict LGBTQ criticism.

Apple’s Tim Cook was the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company. So it comes as no surprise that he and the company advocate gay and transgender rights. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft all joined an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to extend sex discrimination protections to LGBTQ individuals.

In many cases, companies’ pro-LGBTQ attitudes have led to restricting speech critical of gay or transgender lifestyles. For example, Twitter now prohibits “deadnaming” (using a transgender individuals previous name) and misgendering under its hateful conduct policies. YouTube’s hate speech policies prohibit any content which asserts “someone’s sexuality or gender identity is a disease or a mental illness.” Facebook and Instagram also “don’t allow attacks against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Vimeo won’t even allow personal, Christian testimonies from former homosexuals. It told Pure Passion Ministries in 2017, “we don't believe that homosexuality requires a cure and we don't allow videos on our platform that espouse this point of view.”

Another way tech companies also censor and discriminate against conservatives and Christians on behalf of LGBTQ communities is through partnerships with the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The SPLC labels non-violent, pro-family and traditional marriage proponents “hate” or terrorist organizations because of their opposition to homosexuality. This erroneous designation led to a liberal activist trying to kill conservatives at the Family Research Council. Based on the SPLC’s infamous hate map, Floyd Lee Corkins entered the FRC building determined to kill as many people as possible. He only managed to wound a guard before being disarmed.

Despite this fact and criticism of racism, sexism and discrimination inside the organization, the SPLC remains a trusted consultant of left-wing Big Tech companies. Apple gave them $1 million and offered to match employee donations in 2017. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and PayPal have all relied on the SPLC to police hate. So far, Twitter is the only one to cut ties. As of 2019, the SPLC was no longer part of its Trust and Safety Council.

Amazon actually lets the SPLC decide which charities are ineligible for AmazonSmile, depriving Christian ministries and conservative groups of this revenue stream.

  • Amazon’s board rejected a shareholder resolution in 2020 to stop letting the SPLC determine eligibility for AmazonSmile. The SPLC is known for hostility to traditional marriage advocates as well as critics of radical Islam. It has also been called out by its own staffers for sexual harassment, racial injustice and discrimination. 
  • Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy tweeted “men aren’t women” while arguing gender is determined at birth. She also referred to trans women as men. Twitter locked her account under harassment policies until she deleted her views about transgenderism. Shortly after deleting them, she was banned permanently for misgendering.
  • Twitter suspended a Houston Chronicle blogger for opposing transgenderism in the military. Twitter informed her: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people” and blocked her from tweeting until the tweets were removed.
  • Facebook shut down a mom’s group opposed to Drag Queen Story Hours for being “transphobic.”
  • Facebook added LGBTQ-friendly relationship statuses in 2011, worked with the LGBTQ community to ditch binary genders in 2014, and celebrated the 2015 legalization of gay marriage by letting all users put a rainbow over their profile pictures. 
  • Facebook consults its Network of Support, which includes six prominent LGBTQ groups, on issues like bullying.
  • In 2017, Facebook shut down “Activist Mommy” for expressing biblical views about homosexuality. After media called attention to the censorship, Facebook backtracked and apologized — claiming it was an error.
  • Walt Heyer had surgery to become a transgender woman, but when he shared regret over his gender reassignment and expressed concern that people are affirming gender dysphoria (which he called a “childhood developmental disorder”), YouTube censored the video.
  • YouTube deplatformed a 14-year-old conservative in 2019 for criticizing LGBTQ recruitment of children to Pride Month.
  • YouTube consults LGBTQ creators in order to prevent bias against them, which is the opposite of how it treats conservatives.
  • The Daily Caller reported in 2017, that YouTube selected the SPLC to help them police content through its trusted flagger program.
  • Paypal told The Wall Street Journal “SPLC helps us” decide who to ban.
  • Vimeo shut down Pure Passion Ministries’ account and deleted all of its videos because it doesn’t allow content espousing freedom or salvation from homosexuality. It previously shut down the Restored Hope Network and National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality for the same reason.
  • Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr celebrated Transgender Day of Visibility by tweeting about it and highlighting transgender icons.
  • Amazon publicly proclaimed in 2019, “The rights of LBGTQ+ people must be protected,” before touting its advocacy of gay marriage, transgender rights and support for the Equality Act. Amazon also proudly “provides gender transition benefits” to employees.
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spent $2.5 million defending Washington State’s gay marriage law (Referendum 47) in 2012.