On November 1st, 56 companies had signed a joint letter condemning the president’s plan to rollback transgender protections. The letter was penned in response to a recent report by the New York Times that revealed the Trump Administration’s intention to define gender at the federal level by what was assigned at birth based on genitalia.
On Tuesday, 121 additional companies had signed on to bring the total to 178. The companies that have signed the letter have a combined revenue of over $3.2 trillion while employing over 7 million people.
Sixteen LGBTQ+ community organizations, led by Out Leadership and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), have organized the effort to secure corporate signatories. The coalition also includes GLAAD, GLSEN, Lambda Legal, The National Center for Transgender Equality, The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, The National LGBTQ Task Force, PFLAG National, The Trevor Project, The Transgender Law Center, and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF).
"We're deeply inspired to see so many of the world's leading companies speaking with a united voice in support and defense of transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people,” said Todd Sears, the founder of Out Leadership in a statement to the press.
Read the full statement and list of signatories below.
We, the undersigned businesses, stand with the millions of people in America who identify as transgender or gender non-binary, or who are intersex, and call for all such people to be treated with the respect and dignity everyone deserves.
We oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations. We also fundamentally oppose any policy or regulation that violates the privacy rights of those that identify as transgender or gender non-binary, or who are intersex.
In the last two decades, dozens of federal courts have affirmed the rights and identities of transgender people. Cognizant of growing medical and scientific consensus, courts have recognized that policies that force people into a binary gender definition determined by birth anatomy fail to reflect the complex realities of gender identity and human biology.
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. Currently more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 have clear gender identity protections; two-thirds have transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage; hundreds have LGBTQ+ and Allies business resource groups and internal training efforts.
Transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex people are our beloved family members and friends, and our valued team members. What harms them harms our companies.
We call for respect and transparency in policy-making, and for equality under the law for transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex people.
As of November 1, 2018
Adobe Systems Inc.
Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)
Bank of America
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
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
MGM Resorts International
Ropes & Gray
Royal Bank of Canada
State Street Corporation
Trillium Asset Management
As of November 13, 2018
Allen & Overy
Best Buy Co. Inc.
Hilton Worldwide Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Perkins & Will
Perkins Coie LLP
Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
As of November 13, 2018
7R Media & Expeditions
AdRoll, Inc., dba AdRoll Group
Bento Box Communications
Braze, Inc. (formerly Appboy)
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Combs Advisory Services
Complete Marketing Systems
Cultivating Change Foundation
Donatti Translation & Interpreting
Fernandez & Company
Five North Chocolate
Grand Rounds, Inc
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Lab Monkey Communications
Lansky Career Consultants
Litmus Software, Inc.
Mango Digital, LLC
Megawatt Analytics, LLC
Modern Columbus Realty
Momentum Psychological Services, PLLC
Nakanishi Research & Consulting LLC
NightSHIFT Communicator's Network
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus
Rathman Consulting & Coaching, Inc.
Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC
Rudner Law Offices
Shift Technologies, Inc.
Signal Digital, Inc.
Studio 5 - Learning + Development, LLC
Texas Competes Action
The Ally Coalition
Witeck Communications, Inc.