Saving Mohammad: How a Lifeline for LGBT Persecution in the Middle East Began on the Google Bus to Silicon Valley
Sitting in morning traffic on a Google bus, Kevin Steen wasn’t thinking about founding an international organization to save LGBTQ lives in the Middle East. Work emails and weekend plans with his boyfriend were on his mind. Then, his phone lit up with panicked texts from a friend in Jordan. Mohammad’s family had found out he was gay. His father had beaten him up, badly. He was disowned and kicked out of his house. He fled without anything. He was in the street with nowhere to go. Anxious to help from 7,500 miles away, there was only one thing Steen could do while stuck on a bus crawling to Silicon Valley: He started Googling for resources. Yet, the program manager for the world’s most powerful search engine was stumped.
November 26 / SF Examiner