Friday, February 09, 2018

High Tech Companies

The high tech companies have lead the way in LGBT rights (but it seems like that is not so for women rights) and now they can put their money where their non-discrimination policies are.
Gay-rights groups say Amazon should avoid these 9 cities for second headquarters
238 cities across the United States were eager to become the home of HQ2, Amazon’s new headquarters. Amazon has trimmed down its list to just 20 cities.
USA Today
By Elizabeth Weise,
February 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Gay-rights advocates ran a "No Gay? No Way!" campaign Thursday to pressure Amazon to avoid building its second headquarters in a state that does not protect its residents from discrimination for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Of the 20 cities on Amazon’s list of finalists, nine are in states with no anti-gay-discrimination laws, according to the campaign. They are Austin; Dallas; Nashville; Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Miami; Raleigh, N.C.; and the Washington suburbs of Northern Virginia.
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That prize needs to go somewhere all workers are welcome, says the ad hoc group launching the campaign.

“We were frankly just stunned that a company with such a great track record of equality and diversity had put all these states into the mix,” said Conor Gaughan, the ad-hoc campaign's manager and communications consultant, told USA TODAY.
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Like many tech companies, Amazon has long been a supporter of gay rights and anti-discrimination legislation. It has had a robust gay and lesbian employee group, GLAmazon, since 2005. Before it was common, advertisements for the e-tailer featured gay couples. And CEO Jeff Bezos contributed heavily to the push for gay marriage in Washington state. The company was one of the more than 50 tech firms that last year signed a friend of the court brief in a case involving a transgender high school student in Virginia.
I hope that the company will take into consideration laws that protect LGBT employees and their families.

I would think for a company that has such an excellent record of support LGBT issues that they would let their fingers do the walking away from states that have a track record of discrimination against us.

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