Friday, June 09, 2017

Thumbing Their Noses

As many of you know the Texas governor is calling the legislature back into session to vote on a bill making it illegal for us to go the bathroom, use the locker room, or play sports.

Well one company kind of thumbed their nose at the governor.
Southwest Airlines subtly pushes back against Texas politicians’ transphobia
LGBT Nation
By Dawn Ennis
June 8, 2017

Texas-based Southwest Airlines released a new video to show support for a trans employee during Pride, one day after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a special legislative session to potentially discriminate against transgender students.
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Ethan Avanzino is a gay trans man who works as a creative producer at the company’s training facility, making videos that update staff on FAA regulations and airline policies.

“Southwest Airlines University is a place where employees come to learn and grow,” the airline said in its post. “One Southwest employee shares his passion for his work, and the love and respect shared between him and his Southwest Family. #LoveAboveAll.”
But Southwest is not alone in this effort.
APPLE, FACEBOOK, GOOGLE AND OTHER TECH FIRMS OPPOSE 'BATHROOM BILL' TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION IN TEXAS
Newsweek
By Antony Cuthbertson
May 30, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai have joined nine other tech leaders in protesting “discriminatory legislation” against transgender students set to be passed by Texas lawmakers.

The so-called Bathroom Bill would mean transgender students would have to use restrooms that correspond with the gender stated on their birth certificate, not the gender with which they identify. In a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the CEOs said the law would be damaging for business.

“Such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business,” the letter, dated May 27, states. “As large employers in the state, we are gravely concerned that any such legislation would deeply tarnish Texas’ reputation as open and friendly to businesses and families.

“Our ability to attract, recruit and retain top talent, encourage new business relocations, expansions and investment, and maintain our economic competitiveness would all be negatively affected.”
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Earlier this year, nearly 70 businesses sent a letter to Republican leaders opposing the bill, claiming it would “legalize discrimination.”
So let’s see if the legislature caves into the governor or they realize that it is a bad thing that the governor wants done.

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