Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg marched in a gay pride parade on Sunday alongside 700 of Facebook’s employees. Based on those numbers, more than 15% of the social giant’s workforce took part in the celebration.
The group joined together to take part in San Francisco’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration.
Facebook workers including Zuckerberg marched beside a decorated trolley while wearing special t-shirts that were created specifically for the event.
Facebook employees have participated in gay pride parades in San Francisco in the past, but this is the first time Zuckerberg has led such a large group of company participants.
The gay pride parade began at 10:30 am and marched down Market Street.
Facebook is one of numerous tech companies that celebrated the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA was founded in 1996 and denied federal benefits to gay couples legally married in states that allow for gay marriage with equal rights.
With DOMA and Proposition 8 shot down by the US Supreme Court, more supporters of gay marriage have come out to very publicly celebrate the court’s decision.
Gay couples will legally be recognized as married in California on a Federal level within 30 days of the court’s decision.
Facebook is not only participating in public; the company has placed signs around its own campus to show support for Gay Pride Month. On the finger icon outside of Facebook headquarters, a rainbow ring (pictured above) can be witnessed by everyone visiting the campus.
Do you like that Facebook and other companies are participating in Gay Pride events? Are you surprised by Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to participate in the gay pride parade in San Francsico?