Gender inequality has been one of the biggest issues in the society. Discrimination is rampant and the LGBT community has been greatly affected by it. And now, big tech companies in the United States are pulling together against the controversial “Bathroom Bill” in the Texas Senate.
According to Inc, companies such as Apple, Samsung, IBM, Dell, Intel, Lenovo and HP were said to be drafting a letter that will urge Texas lawmakers not to push through with the Senate Bill 6. The letter is expected to be specifically addressed to Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, the ones who filed the bill.
A business group called Keep Texas Open for Business prepared the letter. The said group is formed by the Texas Association of Businesses (TAB). The group is strongly against discriminatory legislations that might affect the business sector of Texas.
The letter is already in the works and that it will be signed by “major American tech companies," says Belinda Matingou, the regional executive director for TAB. Although she did not specify who those companies will be. The letter is scheduled to be sent within this or early next week.
Matingou explained that the Senate Bill 6 "would make it difficult for our tech sector to recruit and retain the globally competitive talent that they need for their businesses to grow."
She added, "And the economic impact that would result from a travel and tourism perspective would especially affect the small-business community in Texas."
Reportedly, the Senate Bill 6 is similar to the legislative bill passed in North Carolina last year wherein the use of the bathroom will be gender based and that should be in accordance with one’s birth certificate.
Earlier this month, Lt. Governor Patrick issued a statement about the SB6 and pointed out that it is intended for the safety of male and female from sexual predators.
“This issue is not about discrimination — it’s about public safety, protecting businesses and common sense. I congratulate Sen. Kolkhorst for filing SB 6 and for her commitment to protecting the privacy of Texans and keeping them safe.”
Around April of last year, Bruce Springsteen canceled his concert in North Carolina as a sign of protest against the restricted “Bathroom Bill,” as reported by Jobs & Hire.