For once, good news has come from the world of corporate behemoths.
More than 50 companies have issued a rebuke to the Trump administration’s planned assault on transgender rights. The news comes on the heels of leaked memos that describe the administration’s plans to change the definition of gender to mean “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.”
Since The New York Times published the story, pro-trans protests have erupted across the nation, and suicide hotlines have reported a dramatic spike in transgender people fighting urges for self-harm. Celebrities like Laverne Cox have also taken to the airwaves to attack the policy.
Now US businesses have come together to release a statement denouncing the proposed attack on transgender people. “We oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations,” the statement reads. “We also fundamentally oppose any policy or regulation that violates the privacy rights of those that identify as transgender, gender non-binary, or intersex. 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.”
Though more a symbolic move than anything else, the statement does show that businesses are willing to stand up to Trump and discrimination. In other words, score one for the good guys.
The full roster of companies includes:
Adobe Systems Inc.
Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade
Cisco Systems Inc.
The Coca Cola Company
Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
The Dow Chemical Company
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Hogan Lovells International LLP
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lush Handmade Cosmetics
MGM Resorts International
Ropes & Gray
Royal Bank of Canada
State Street Corporation
Trillium Asset Management