Over 40 major Texas business leaders wrote an open letter to state lawmakers in which they criticized recent legislation making its way through the Legislature.
Lawmakers are currently considering legislation targeting medical providers, penalties for parents supporting their children’s transitions, a trans sports ban and a religious exemption bill that could allow emergency room staff to refuse to treat LGBTQ patients.
A group of business leaders held a news conference in Austin to discuss legislation they believe unfairly targets the LGBTQ community. On Monday, they released an official Statement of Texas employers and business organizations on a welcoming Texas in which they wrote: “We are concerned to see a resurgence of efforts to exclude transgender youth from full participation in their communities, to criminalize or ban best-practice medical care that is proven to save lives, or to exclude LGBTQ people in a variety of other settings, including accessing healthcare, filling a prescription, or seeking legal representation.”
The following organizations signed the letter: Amazon, American Airlines, Apple, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Austin Tech Alliance, Bain and Company, BASF, BBVA USA, bp America, C3 Presents, Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce, Dell Technologies, Destination El Paso, Dow, Facebook, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, G6 Hospitality LLC, Gearbox Entertainment, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber, GSD&M, HP, Hunt Companies, IBM Corporation, Levi Strauss & Co, Lime, Marriott International, McKinney Chamber of Commerce, Microsoft, North Texas Commission, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce, PayPal, Salesforce, San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Labs, Sun Life, Sustainable Food Policy Alliance (including member companies Danone North America; Mars, Incorporated; Nestlé USA; and Unilever United States), TechNet, Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce, Unilever, United Airlines and United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce.
They concluded with a promise to “oppose any unnecessary, divisive measures that would damage Texas’ reputation and make our customers, our visitors, and our employees and their families feel unwelcome of unsafe.”