Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
Tonight Gap Inc CEO Art Peck and Levi Strauss & Co President Chip Bergh issued a joined statement calling on retail and apparel companies to speak out against the growing number of discriminatory anti-LGBT bills nationwide.
The statement reads in part:
As Indiana, Arkansas, and states around the country enact and consider legislation that perpetuates discrimination, we’re urging State Legislatures to stand up for equality by repealing and voting against these discriminatory laws.
These new laws and legislation, that allow people and businesses to deny service to people based on their sexual orientation, turn back the clock on equality and foster a culture of intolerance.
Discriminatory laws are unquestionably bad for business, but more importantly, they are fundamentally wrong. They must be stopped.
At Gap Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co., we are proud to say we are open to business for everyone.
Major companies, including Wal-Mart and Apple, have similarly opposed anti-LGBT legislation across the country out of concern that they undermine existing civil rights law and deeply harm the business climate of states in which they are passed.
Currently, there are more than 85 anti-LGBT bills in 28 state legislatures. To learn more about the rising tide of anti-LGBT legislation swelling across the country, click here.