Apple, Facebook, and Google CEOs to oppose Texas discrimination

CEOs of tech companies including Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook disapprove of Texas bathroom bill.

© Jeff Bachner

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are among the 12 executives of tech companies that oppose Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s “discriminatory legislation” known as the “bathroom bill”.

This legislation requires transgender students to use comfort rooms that match their birth certificate’s gender, essentially dismissing the students’ gender identities.

According to The Verge, a letter to Abbot on 27 May, said that the “passage of any discriminatory legislation” would be “bad for our employees and bad for business.” The letter was first reported in The Dallas Morning News, which showed signatures of Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft President Brad Smith, and Jeff Wilke, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon, among many others.

The letter of the CEOs also stated:  “As large employers in the state, we are gravely concerned that any such legislation would deeply tarnish Texas’ reputation as open and friendly to businesses and families,”

“Our ability to attract, recruit and retain top talent, encourage new business relocations, expansions and investment, and maintain our economic competitiveness would all be negatively affected.”

“Discrimination is wrong and it has no place in Texas or anywhere in our country,” the letter continued. “Our perspective is grounded in our values and our long-held commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

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