According to HuffPo, a coalition of some of the largest businesses in the world – Google, Coca-Cola, Apple, Amazon, Pepsi, JPMorgan Chase, Dow Chemical, Uber, etc. – have all signed a letter denouncing the Trump DOJ’s recent policy of recognizing gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.”
The letter makes no reference to President Trump specifically, but it does denounce administrative efforts to curtail transgender language, alleging that it amounts to “erasing” their rights.
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.
The coalition identified themselves as Businesses for Trans Equality. Collectively, they represent more than $2.4 trillion in annual revenue. Non-American companies, including Deutsche Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada, also signed the letter.
The letter goes on to call for the government to show “respect and transparency” when creating policies that will give transgenders “full equality under the law.” It also notes that “diversity and inclusion are good for business, and that discrimination significantly harms transgender people and imposes productivity costs.”
“Equality is not a right for some, but for all,” Elizabeth Wood, Levi Strauss & Co. Chief Human Resources Officer, said in the letter.
“Executive actions and laws that allow discrimination erode our ability to foster vibrant, competitive workforces, which halts growth, creativity, and innovation,” she added. “Our workplaces and communities must be diverse and welcoming for all people, regardless of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The signatures were reportedly secured by the National Center for Transgender Equality, an organization that said the Trump DOJ’s policy seeks to erase transgenders from existence.
“Make no mistake,” the organization said in a tweet, “trans people are under direct attack from the Trump Administration.”
President Trump is not the only world leader that recognizes reality regarding gender identity. Most recently, Australian PM Scott Morrison said he has had enough transgender “nonsense,” refusing to capitulate to the movement’s demands for the government to create “non-binary” government documents for transgender people.
“A Liberal-National Government will never remove gender from birth certificates, licenses and passports – who are Labor kidding? Get real,” said Morison on Twitter. “This is the problem with Labor, obsessed with nonsense like removing gender from birth certificates rather than lower electricity prices, reducing tax for hard-working families and small businesses.”