Microsoft, IBM and 51 more companies sign amicus brief supporting Virginia teen fighting anti-trans bathroom policy
You’d have to be living under a rock to at least not be somewhat informed about Gavin Grimm and his fight against Gloucester County Public School’s bathroom policy.
Gimm, 17 and a resident of Gloucester County, has been fighting his way to the supreme court over the policy which forces trans students to use restrooms aligned with the gender on their birth certificate, not their current gender identity. He’s won his case at the local and federal level and a Supreme court hearing is set for the second half of this month. It’s being viewed as a quintessential case for trans rights going forward, but a move from the Trump administration might have mucked the whole thing up.
But that hasn’t stopped the ACLU or the Human Rights Campaign from keeping the fight alive.
“Across the country, corporate leaders are speaking out because they know attacking transgender youth isn’t just shameful — it also puts the families of their employees and customers at risk,” said Chad Griffin, President of HRC, in a statement sent out today announcing the more than 50 companies that have signed a legal brief supporting Grimm in his fight. Transgender students like Gavin are entitled to the full protection of the law, and must be affirmed, respected and protected in the classroom and beyond.”
While civil rights are and should be a matter of human dignity, success in the fight has been found in persuading folks to see the economic impact from such rules – just look at North Carolina which has estimated to have lost hundreds of millions of dollars and is set to lose even more.
To that effect, check out the 53 companies which have signed the brief:
Affirm, Inc., Airbnb, Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., Apple, Asana, Inc., Box, Inc., Codecademy, Credo Mobile, Inc., Dropbox, Inc., eBay Inc., Etsy, Fastly, Inc., Flipboard, Inc., Gap Inc., General Assembly, GitHub, Inc., IBM, Intel Corporation, Kickstarter, PBC, Knotel, Inc., LinkedIn, Lyft, M Booth, MAC Cosmetics Inc., Mapbox, Inc., Marin Software Incorporated, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, Microsoft Corporation, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, MongoDB Inc., NetApp, Inc., Next Fifteen Communications Corporation, Nextdoor, Pandora Media, Inc., PayPal Holdings, Inc., Postmates Inc., Replacements, Ltd., RetailMeNot, Inc., Salesforce, Shutterstock, Inc., Slack Technologies, Inc., Spotify, The OutCast Agency, The WhiteWave Foods Company, Tumblr, Inc., Twilio Inc., Twitter Inc., Udacity, Inc., Warby Parker, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Yahoo! Inc., Yelp Inc., Zendesk, Inc.
“Diversity and inclusion are essential features of [these] businesses, and recruiting and retaining the best employees—including those in or allied with the transgender community—is a critical component of their diversity missions,” reads the brief submitted today. “[These companies] have adopted and implemented policies or practices that foster equality because they are good for their employees, customers, and communities, and also because such policies or practices benefit their bottom lines.”
Beyond the economic impacts, transgender kids face higher rates of bullying, suicide and discrimination and supportive policies are generally seen to reduce those rates. And as many have pointed out, more conservative law makers have been arrested for misconduct in bathrooms than transgender people.
Gavin’s case is about much more than who gets to use which bathroom. Lives are at stake.March 15, 2017
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