Following an order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott in February 2022 calling for child protective services to investigate families of transgender children receiving gender-affirmed health care for child abuse, 65 company signed a letter asking Abbot to abandon these anti-LGBTQ+ efforts.
As reported by Kotaku, these 65 companies – a list that includes Electronic Arts, Gearbox Entertainment and Microsoft – have signed on to the letter organized by LGBTQ+ organization Human Rights Campaign and posted in the Friday edition of Dallas Morning News as a full-page ad.
The ad copy was shared on Twitter by Rebecca Marques, director of HRC Texas.
– Rebecca Marques (@_RebeccaMarques) March 11, 2022
“Our companies do business, create jobs, and serve customers in Texas,” the letter read. “We’re committed to building an inclusive environment where our employees can thrive inside and outside of the workplace. For years, we’ve stood by ensuring LGBTQ+ people – employees, customers and their families – be safe and welcome in the communities where we do business.
“The recent attempt to criminalize a parent for helping their transgender child access medically necessary, age-appropriate health care in Texas runs counter to our values. This policy creates fear among employees and their families, especially those with transgender children, who may now face choices about providing care. get the best possible medical care for their children but risk having them removed by child protective services for doing so, just one of a number of attempts to discriminate against transgender youth is being carried out across the country.
“We urge our public leaders – in Texas and across the country – to abandon their efforts to write discrimination into laws and policies. It’s not only wrong, but it affects employees as well. ours, our customers, their families and our work.”
EA, Microsoft and Gearbox are members of LGBTQ business networks, Texas Competes and Gearbox have previously taken positions against an earlier bill that proposed banning transgender youth from participating in sports.
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