The Vanguard Award is given annually “to an exemplary business which has demonstrated a commitment to LGBT equality in the state of Texas through fair employee policy and community advocacy.”
“This year’s recipient, Google has made diversity and inclusion a corporate priority both internally and in the tech industry. Google is the first company to provide full coverage of transgender employees’ healthcare,” Equality Texas said in a press announcement.
Equality Texas stressed Google’s accepting workplace environment. The Gayglers, Google’s LBGT employee and allies group was started in 2006 when the company began to sponsor Pride events and became a float participant in Pride parades around the world.
This year, Google created #PrideForEveryone a virtual reality experience where people can follow Gayglers marching in Pride parades around the world by using Google Cardboard VR headsets.
Earlier this month, Equality Texas announced two other award recipients for the Spirit of Texas Brunch.
State Senator Jose R. Rodriguez (D-El Paso) will receive the Advocate Award, which is given to outstanding an public servant whose high ideals include a dedication to equal rights for LGBT Texans.
Phyllis Randolph Frye, an associate judge for the City of Houston Municipal Courts, will receive the Anchor Award, which is given to an outstanding Texas advocate whose activism on the local level and beyond has proven invaluable to the cause of LGBT equality in Texas.
Equality Texas Spirit of Texas Brunch, Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the The Rosenberg Sky Room, 847 East Hildebrand Avenue. VIP reception begins at 10:30 a.m., brunch starts at 11:30 p.m. Early bird general admission is $110. Early bird VIP admission is $135. Early bird tickets available through September 5. Sponsorships are tax-deductible and benefit the Equality Texas Foundation. Use this link for more information, tickets or questions about sponsorship.