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USA: 15 tech cos. speak up on transgender rights, urge governor of Texas not to pass "discriminatory" legislation

Author: Tom Regan, Engadget, Published on: 5 June 2017

"Apple, Facebook and Google condemn Texas transgender bill", 29 May 2017

If passed, this controversial state law would only allow transgender students to use restrooms that match the gender printed on their birth certificate. While Texan lawmakers continue to debate what's become known as the "bathroom bill", the influential executives have penned a letter urging the state's governor not to pass the "discriminatory" legislation. Senior employees from Microsoft, Amazon and game developer Gearbox Softwarehave also co-signed the letter with Facebook and Apple, claiming that the proposed law would be "bad for employees and bad for business."... This isn't the first time the tech industry has taken a stand against issues arising from Trump's controversial transgender policies. With much of Silicon Valley also vocally supporting a 17-year-old transgender student's legal battle and opposing similar legislation in Northern Carolina, this latest intervention continues to show the industry firmly sticking to its guns. [Also refers to IBM, Celanese Corporation, Salesforce, Cisco, GSD&M, Silicon Labs, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise]

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Related companies: Alphabet Amazon.com Apple Celanese Cisco Systems Dell Facebook Google (part of Alphabet) Hewlett Packard Enterprise IBM Microsoft Salesforce.com