One of the few areas where the Trump/Pence regime has kept its campaign promises is in (i) appointing anti-gay judges (and Supreme Court justices) to the federal courts and (ii) working to role back LGBT non-discrimination protections. These actions have kept promises made to a who's who of Christofascist leaders in June, 2016. Nowhere has Trump/Pence been more relentless than in attacks against transgender citizen, with a recent proposal to define them out of existence under federal law. Thankfully, numerous corporations are not remaining silent and have warned the toxic regime to stop attacking transgender rights. As LGBTQ Nation reports 56 corporations have warned Trump/Pence to cease its attacks. Here are article highlights:
Dozens of major companies have warned the Trump administration to stop attacking transgender people. 56 corporations joined the statement to “oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase transgender protections.”
“Treating all people fairly, equally and with respect is the very core of IBM’s values. We believe no one should be discriminated against for being who they are,” Tia Silas, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for IBM said in an emailed statement.
Collectively, the companies employ nearly 4.8 million people and generate more than $2.4 trillion in annual revenue.
Read the open letter below.
We, the undersigned businesses, stand with the millions of people in America who identify as transgender, gender non-binary, or intersex, and call for all such people to be treated with the respect and dignity everyone deserves.
We oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations. We also fundamentally oppose any policy or regulation that violates the privacy rights of those that identify as transgender, gender non-binary, or intersex.
In the last two decades, dozens of federal courts have affirmed the rights and identities of transgender people. Cognizant of growing medical and scientific consensus, courts have recognized that policies that force people into a binary gender definition determined by birth anatomy fail to reflect the complex realities of gender identity and human biology.
Recognizing that diversity and inclusion are good for business, and that discrimination imposes enormous productivity costs (and exerts undue burdens), hundreds of companies, including the undersigned, have continued to expand inclusion for transgender people across corporate America. Currently more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 have clear gender identity protections; two-thirds have transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage; hundreds have LGBTQ+ and Allies business resource groups and internal training efforts.
Transgender people are our beloved family members and friends, and our valued team members. What harms transgender people harms our companies.
We call for respect and transparency in policy-making, and for equality under the law for transgender people.
AccentureAdobe Systems Inc.AirbnbAltria GroupAmalgamated BankAmazonAmerican AirlinesAppleAutomatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)Bank of America Merrill LynchBen & Jerry’s HomemadeBNY MellonCargillCisco Systems Inc.CitiClifford ChanceCorning IncorporatedCorteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPontDeutsche BankE. I. du Pont de Nemours and CompanyFastly, Inc.Hogan Lovells International LLPHSBCIBM CorporationIntel CorporationIntuit Inc.Iron MountainJPMorgan Chase & Co.Levi Strauss & Co.Lush Handmade CosmeticsLyftMarriott InternationalMassMutualMGM Resorts InternationalMicrosoft Corp.Nike Inc.PepsiCoReplacements, Ltd.Ropes & GrayRoyal Bank of CanadaS&P GlobalSalesforceSheppard MullinSodexo Inc.SplunkState Street CorporationThe Coca-Cola CompanyThe Dow Chemical CompanyTiVo CorporationTrillium Asset ManagementTwitter Inc.UberWarby Parker