Apple, Facebook and Google among 56 businesses telling the Trump administration not to weaken transgender rights

Author: Tony Romm, The Washington Post, Published on: 2 November 2018

"Apple, Facebook and Google among 56 businesses telling Trump not to weaken transgender rights", 1 November 2018

Apple, Facebook, Google and Uber are among 56 companies that told the Trump administration that they oppose any change in federal policy that would define gender on the basis of one’s biological sex at birth. Top executives at Google and Twitter sharply criticized the president last year after he issued an order that banned transgender people from serving in the military. Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services told officials not to use the word “transgender” in their budget documents... mark[ing] the latest effort to roll back federal protections for transgender people, including students who seek to use the bathrooms of their choice at school. In a letter to President Trump, the businesses said “[w]e oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations... [w]e also fundamentally oppose any policy or regulation that violates the privacy rights of those that identify as transgender, gender non-binary, or intersex.” The tech-heavy letter marks the industry’s latest salvo against the Trump administration over its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. 

[Also refers to Airbnb,, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, IBM, Intel, Lyft, Microsoft, Dow Chemical and Warby Parker]

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