Mozilla CEO Responds to ‘Hate’ Charges as Some Developers Suspend Work with Firefox Over his Donation to Prop 8 Campaign

New Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has responded to the recent backlash over his earlier support for California Proposition 8, posting a detailed outline of his support for the LGBT community.

In a blog post headed “Inclusiveness at Mozilla” that could just as well have been titled ‘Some of my best friends are gay’, Eich laid out all the ways in which he’s a fan of the LGBT community and how he’s going to see that they’re well looked after at Mozilla under his leadership.

“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,” he revealed.

Eich went on to promise active commitment to equality in everything the firm does, from employment to events, working with LGBT communities and allies to learn what does and doesn’t make Mozilla supportive, and a personal commitment to work on initiatives to reach out to those who feel excluded. However, he didn’t directly address the Proposition 8 issue or his donation to the campaign.

“I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything,” he remarked. “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.”

One day on from announcing Eich as its next CEO at the start of this week, Mozilla was forced to post a statement on diversity to dampen accusations of homophobia in light of its appointment of a man who previously donated to California Proposition 8.

“Mozilla has always been deeply committed to honouring diversity in sexual orientation and beliefs within our staff and community, across all the project’s activities,” the statement read.

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SOURCE: Madeline Bennett 
The Inquirer

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