Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Responds To Anti-Gay Accusations
Newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has spoken out on equality for the first time following uproar over the revelation that he donated $1000 to California's Proposition 8 campaign, which prevented same-sex couples from being able to marry.
Eich emphasizes his commitment to inclusiveness in the statement on his blog. Here's an excerpt:
I am deeply honored and humbled by the CEO role. I’m also grateful for the messages of support. At the same time, I know there are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla. I hope to lay those concerns to rest, first by making a set of commitments to you. More important, I want to lay them to rest by actions and results.
A number of Mozillians, including LGBT individuals and allies, have stepped forward to offer guidance and assistance in this. I cannot thank you enough, and I ask for your ongoing help to make Mozilla a place of equality and welcome for all. Here are my commitments, and here’s what you can expect:
- Active commitment to equality in everything we do, from employment to events to community-building.
- Working with LGBT communities and allies, to listen and learn what does and doesn’t make Mozilla supportive and welcoming.
- My ongoing commitment to our Community Participation Guidelines, our inclusive health benefits, our anti-discrimination policies, and the spirit that underlies all of these.
- My personal commitment to work on new initiatives to reach out to those who feel excluded or who have been marginalized in ways that makes their contributing to Mozilla and to open source difficult. More on this last item below.
I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything. I can only ask for your support to have the time to “show, not tell”; and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain.
Eich goes on to promise "exemplary behavior" towards everyone in the Mozilla community and encourages accountability for his future actions and declares that a structure will be put in place to ensure that accountability. You can read his full statement here.
What do you think of Eich's "actions speak louder than words" approach to ensuring inclusiveness at Mozilla?
It should be noted that his statement contextualizes itself as specific to Mozilla and doesn't comment on Prop. 8 directly, nor does it explain how he'll choose to support or not support LGBT equality outside the work place.