USA: Google, Apple, Amazon & 40 other companies sign open letter opposing anti-LGBTQ legislation

Google, Apple, Amazon and dozens of other companies have signed letters opposing anti-LGBTQ state-level bills across the United States.

The letter states that "The companies joining this statement do business, create jobs, and serve customers throughout the United States. Our businesses strongly embrace diversity and inclusion because we want everyone who works for us or does business with us to feel included and welcomed as their true, authentic selves... We are deeply concerned by the bills being introduced in state houses across the country that single out LGBTQ individuals... As business leaders dedicated to equal treatment, respect, and opportunity for all - as well as to improving the financial and investment climate across the country - we call for public leaders to abandon or oppose efforts to enact this type of discriminatory legislation and ensure fairness for all America". 

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16 March 2020

USA: Companies release a signed letter calling on legislators to abandon anti-LGBTQ legislation

Author: Freedom for All Americans

"Business Statement on Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation", 11 March 2020

Our businesses strongly embrace diversity and inclusion because we want everyone who works for us or does business with us to feel included and welcomed as their true, authentic selves... Inclusive business practices lead to more productive and engaged employees, increased customer satisfaction; and, ultimately, improved competitiveness and financial performance... We are deeply concerned by the bills being introduced in state houses across the country that single out LGBTQ individuals – many specifically targeting transgender youth – for exclusion or differential treatment. Laws that would affect access to medical care for transgender people, parental rights, social and family services, student sports, or access to public facilities such as restrooms, unnecessarily and uncharitably single out already marginalized groups for additional disadvantage. They seek to put the authority of state government behind discrimination and promote mistreatment of a targeted LBGTQ population... America’s business community has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws have a negative effect on our employees, our customers, our competitiveness, and state and national economies... [W]e call for public leaders to abandon or oppose efforts to enact this type of discriminatory legislation and ensure fairness for all Americans.

[Signed by 39 companies and associations including Amazon, Microsoft, Nike, and Unilever]

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6 February 2020

Amazon, Nike and American Airlines join nearly 150 companies opposing Tennessee's anti-LGBTQ bills in a letter to lawmakers

Author: Francisco Guzman and Brian Ries, CNN

The collective, known as the Tennessee Businesses Against Discrimination, specifically calls out HB 836, a law that allows foster care and other child welfare organizations to refuse to place children into foster care or adoptive families that might violate their "religious or moral convictions."... The collective requests that lawmakers not pursue any further legislation that targets and excludes the LGBTQ community... 

[FedEx refused to sign the letter and said] "While FedEx is frequently approached to support advocacy efforts on a range of issues that often align with the company's policies and practices, we prefer to demonstrate our values through the civic and charitable relationships that we support and the important work those organizations do for communities around the world. FedEx is as diverse as the world we serve, and we strive to provide an inclusive workplace in which all team members feel safe and respected."

 

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