It’s more important than ever for visible allyship, affirmation and commitment to full LGBTQ+ equality by institutional allies like employers and businesses.
Since 2015, more than 1,700 pieces of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation have been introduced by state lawmakers. 2023 will be a record-breaking year, with over 70 bills signed into law already, most targeting the transgender and non-binary community. Businesses are also facing pushback fueled by anti-LGBTQ groups for standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and values of diversity, equity and inclusion. Therefore, the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD have come together to ask employers and business allies to reaffirm your support of LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality by joining together in our Count Us In pledge for deeper action and visibility.
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The pledge reads as follows:
As America’s leading businesses and employers, we feel compelled to reaffirm our commitment to full LGBTQ+ equality in our workplaces and beyond.
Since 2015, state lawmakers have introduced more than 1,700 pieces of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, with an increasing number enacted each year – over 70 in 2023, alone. Businesses are also facing pushback fueled by anti-LGBTQ groups for standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These coordinated efforts to discriminate are wrong and must stop. They impede the success of our employees, our customers, and ultimately our businesses. They undermine our ability to contribute to the health of our national economy.
Now, more than ever, we must stand up as public allies – visibly supporting the LGBTQ+ community without exception, embracing the full spectrum of diverse identities, and defending against any efforts to discriminate -- particularly transgender and non-binary community members who are being targeted.
We are working hard to ensure our LGBTQ+ employees and their families are safe and have access to the benefits and care they need and deserve. We support our LGBTQ+ employees, customers, and clients to be able to enjoy the full rights and privileges we all are guaranteed as Americans. Some lawmakers are making this impossible. That’s wrong and anti-business.
So it is with urgency and resolve as allies to the LGBTQ+ community, we pledge to:
Ensure our transgender and non-binary employees and their families have access to the health and medical care they need, where possible under the law.