Google Introduces Self-Identifying LGBTQ+ Labels in Maps and Search

Thursday, June 23, 2022 • 3:00 EDT

Google has introduced a new label in Maps and Search that allows businesses to self-identify as LGBTQ+ owned, adding to a series of labels already on Google Maps that are meant to help people locate and support local businesses. Google already has tools and resources in place for people seeking LGBTQ+ friendly businesses, allowing business owners to add certain labels to their Google Maps and Search results such as, “LGBTQ friendly,” “Transgender safespace,” and “Gender-neutral restroom.” “This builds on our previous work with the globally available LGBTQ+ friendly and transgender safespace attributes, and offers a more objective attribute that only businesses can add to their profiles,” Mackenzie Thomas, product and marketing inclusion lead at Google, wrote in a statement. Once added, the labels will show up on Google Maps, and in search results for LGBTQ+ owned businesses. In order to add the label, business owners need to go to their profile, click on ‘edit profile,’ and select ‘business information.’ From the ‘more’ tab, there will be a list of categories that business owners can identify as. Google also has a system through which business owners can report any abuse or harassment they receive from customers as a result of their label. On Wednesday, the company announced the new feature, which is available to merchants in the U.S. with a verified business profile on Google. Google does not currently have a system in place to verify the self-identifiable labels, although it does make it clear that the label was added by the business itself. “Google will investigate each report and strive to take appropriate action.” (gizmodo.com). Continue reading.



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