NEW: Nearly 180 Companies Oppose Alarming Effort to Erase Transgender People From Legal Protections

by Stephen Peters

  • Statement comes following New York Times report that federal agencies are discussing attempts to redefine “sex” in an effort to erase transgender non-discrimination protections
  • Since the statement from 56 major companies was first published on November 1, an additional 49enterprise businesses and 73 small and mid-size companies have joined
  • In total, 178 companies – with more than $3.2 trillion in collective revenue – stand in solidarity with transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people
  • Statement organized by 16 community organizations working for LGBTQ+ equality

NEW YORK — Responding to a rising tide of legislative and administrative attempts to further marginalize transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people – detailed in a recent report by the New York Timeson administrative efforts to erase transgender non-discrimination protections through reinterpretation of existing law – 121 additional companies, including 49 enterprise businesses and 73 small and mid-size companies, have joined the Business Statement for Transgender Equality since it was first published on November 1.

178 companies in total have now signed the statement, which asserts that diversity and inclusion are good for business, observes that discrimination significantly harms transgender people and imposes enormous productivity costs, and calls for full equality for transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people under the law. The full text of the statement is included below.

The companies that have signed the statement represent more than 7 million employees, have a collective annual revenue of more than $3.2 trillion, and are drawn from a broad range of industries including financial services, consumer products, and technology.

Sixteen LGBTQ+ community organizations, led by Out Leadership and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), have organized the effort to secure corporate signatories. The coalition also includes: Athlete Ally, Freedom for All Americans, GLAAD, GLSEN, Lambda Legal, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The National Center for Transgender Equality, The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, The National LGBTQ Task Force, Out & Equal, PFLAG National, The Trevor Project, The Transgender Law Center, and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF).

“We’re deeply inspired to see so many of the world’s leading companies speaking with a united voice in support and defense of transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people. And we’re grateful to every company that’s signed on, including the Out Leadership members who stood up immediately to call for this statement. As we continue to see in our work around the world, including at our Summits in Australia last week and Asia this week, the business community is serving as a crucial backstop for hard-earned progress on LGBT+ equality – because inclusive cultures are more innovative, more productive, and more efficient, and because it’s the right thing to do.” — Todd SearsFounder and Principal, Out Leadership

“In one united voice, the business community is making clear they stand with the transgender community against the Trump-Pence administration’s unconscionable efforts to gut enforcement of existing civil rights protections. These businesses are speaking out at a crucially important moment as the LGBTQ community faces relentless attacks on equality. No matter how hard the Trump-Pence administration continues to try, we will not be erased.” — Jay BrownActing Senior Vice President for Programs, Research, and Training, Human Rights Campaign

“So often, these discriminatory policies are made in the name of Business, but companies and communities know that discrimination is – in fact – bad for business. Millions of Americans who believe in equality for allare watching - and they’re spending and investing based on this value. Transgender people are deserving of employment, equality, and respect, and the companies who have signed this statement know that, and are stronger for it.” — Erin UritusCEO, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates


Business statement for transgender equality

November 13, 2018

We, the undersigned businesses, stand with the millions of people in America who identify as transgender or gender non-binary, or who are 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 or gender non-binary, or who are intersex.

In the last two decades, dozens of federal courts have affirmed the rights and identities of transgender people. Cognizant of growing medical and scientific consensus, courts have recognized that policies that force people into a binary gender definition determined by birth anatomy fail to reflect the complex realities of gender identity and human biology.

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. Currently more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 have clear gender identity protections; two-thirds have transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage; hundreds have LGBTQ+ and Allies business resource groups and internal training efforts.

Transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex people are our beloved family members and friends, and our valued team members. What harms them harms our companies.

We call for respect and transparency in policy-making, and for equality under the law for transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex people.

Enterprise Businesses

As of November 1, 2018

Adobe Systems Inc.
Altria Group
Amalgamated Bank
American Airlines
Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)
Bank of America
Ben & Jerry's Homemade
BNY Mellon
Cisco Systems Inc.
Clifford Chance
The Coca-Cola Company
Corning Incorporated
Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Deutsche Bank
The Dow Chemical Company
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Fastly, Inc.
Hogan Lovells
IBM Corporation
Intel Corporation
Intuit Inc.
Iron Mountain
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Marriott International
MGM Resorts International
Microsoft Corp.
Nike, Inc.
Replacements, Ltd.
Ropes & Gray
Royal Bank of Canada
S&P Global
Sheppard Mullin
Sodexo Inc.
State Street Corporation
TiVo Corporation
Trillium Asset Management
Twitter Inc.
Warby Parker

As of November 13, 2018

Allen & Overy
American Express
Asana, Inc.
Best Buy Co. Inc.
BNP Paribas
Cardinal Health
Converse, Inc.
Couchbase, Inc.
Dropbox Inc.
eBay Inc.
Etsy, Inc.
Gap Inc.
Hilton Worldwide Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Kaiser Permanente
Omnicom Group
Perkins & Will
Perkins Coie LLP
Progressive Insurance
Sanofi US
Shutterstock, Inc.
Squarespace, Inc.
Swiss Re
ViiV Healthcare

Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

As of November 13, 2018

7R Media & Expeditions
AdRoll, Inc., dba AdRoll Group
America Competes
Bento Box Communications
Brain+Trust Partners
Branch Metrics
Braze, Inc. (formerly Appboy)
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Chef Software
Civis Analytics
Collective Health
Combs Advisory Services
Complete Marketing Systems
Cultivating Change Foundation
Dallas Voice
Dialog Group
Donatti Translation & Interpreting
EnFocus Strategies
Fernandez & Company
Five North Chocolate
Freedom QA
Grand Rounds, Inc
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Lab Monkey Communications
Lansky Career Consultants
Litmus Software, Inc.
Mango Digital, LLC
MapAnything, Inc
Megawatt Analytics, LLC
Mitosis Management
Modern Columbus Realty
Momentum Psychological Services, PLLC
Nakanishi Research & Consulting LLC
New Relic
NightSHIFT Communicator's Network
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
OutSmart Magazine
Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus
Rathman Consulting & Coaching, Inc.
Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC
Rudner Law Offices
Safe Connections
Shift Technologies, Inc.
Signal Digital, Inc.
Sprout Social
Studio 5 - Learning + Development, LLC
SweetRush Inc
Texas Competes Action
The Ally Coalition
Witeck Communications, Inc.


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