Tech Industry Leaders Make Joint Statement to Legislature to Add Anti-LGBT Discrimination Protections to Civil Rights Laws

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by Adam Brooks.

In response to the higher frequency of anti-LGBT bills pending or signed into law across the country, tech industry leaders signed an unprecedented joint statement supporting the addition of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people to civil rights laws.

“This unprecedented and historic effort by the giants of the tech industry should be a clarion call to policymakers that discriminating against LGBT people is not acceptable in today’s marketplace of ideas,” said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “These leaders have made it clear: if states want high tech jobs, they must put fully- inclusive nondiscrimination protections in place immediately.”

Max Levchin, CEO of Affirm, organized the joint statement and noted that he and his fellow tech industry CEOs—including Jeremy Stoppelman of Yelp; Marc Benioff of SalesForce; Jack Dorsey of Square; Dick Costolo of Twitter; Joe Green of Lyft; as well as Dan Schulman, President of PayPal; and Devin Wenig, President of eBay Marketplaces—were proud to stand up for what they believe is truly right and judicious.