After a massive outcry from the transgender and LGBTQ community at large, more than 50 major companies have joined together in opposition of a recent memo regarding the Trump administration’s desire to redefine gender and eliminate federal protections for transgender individuals.
In a report from the Human Rights Campaign, 56 large companies, including the likes of Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Coca-Cola and more, stated that they would not support any efforts by the administration to redefine the term “transgender” out of existence, and that they will continue to employ protections for non-binary employees regardless of what new policy is made.
“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,” the official statement reads. “Transgender people are our beloved family members and friends, and our valued team members. What harms transgender people harms our companies.”
This statement comes in the wake of an October report in The New York Times, which outlined a Department of Health and Human Services memo roughly outlining the administration’s goals. According to the memo, a new set of policies would change the government’s definition of gender to being “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.”
The business statement affirms that diversity and inclusion are not only traits we all should aspire to, but also qualities that make for good business. “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,” the statement reads.
Read the full business statement and see the list of companies here.