As Texas lawmakers seek to advance bills banning biological males from participating in female sports or receiving transgender medical care, 43 major companies have signed a statement signaling their opposition.
“Such policies simply recognize what we as Americans have long agreed: discrimination is real, and it can hold people back from their full potential to work hard, earn a living, support their families, and participate in and contribute to their communities,” the letter asserts.
The letter also highlights the recent efforts by states to oppose the inclusion of trans people in K-12 competition sports and ban transgender medical treatments.
“We are concerned to see a resurgence of efforts to exclude transgender youth from full participation in their communities, to criminalize or ban best-practice medical care that is proven to save lives, or to exclude LGBTQ people in a variety of other settings, including accessing healthcare, filling a prescription, or seeking legal representation,” the statement says.
Among the companies who signed the statement are Amazon, American Airlines, Apple, Dell Technologies, Dow, Facebook, IBM, Levi Strauss & Co, Microsoft, PayPal and United Airlines.
According to the LGBT advocacy organization Texas Competes, its mission is to “provide a unified voice for the Texas business community on the clear economic and business case for a Texas that offers fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.”
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SOURCE: Christian Headlines, Milton Quintanilla