America Competes Coalition Denounces Passage of AL Anti-Transgender BillsApril 8, 2022 • 2:44 pm
WASHINGTON, DC –Today America Competes, a business coalition that supports LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections and opposes measures that exclude, isolate, or harm LGBTQ people, expressed opposition to the recent passage of two anti-transgender, anti-LGBTQ bills in Alabama. Yesterday, the legislature passed a measure to create a felony ban on lifesaving, best-practice care for transgender adolescents up to age 19, and a measure that combines a ban on access for transgender youth to restrooms and facilities with a “Don’t Say Gay/Trans” policy that prohibits mention of LGBTQ people in schools.
Jessica Shortall, VP of Corporate Engagement for Freedom For All Americans’ America Competes business coalition, issued the following statement:
“Our coalition works with major job creators across the country who are committed to nondiscrimination and to full inclusion of LGBTQ people in their workplaces and communities. This is both an economic imperative and a position that comes from deeply held values of fairness, opportunity, dignity, and mutual respect. Today, we are hearing from business leaders within our coalition and beyond who are heartbroken about what happened in Alabama yesterday. The extreme measures passed by the legislature are vastly out of step with bipartisan public opinion, out of step with the vast majority of states across the country that have chosen not to pursue such divisive and harmful policies, and out of step with the hard work and thoughtful investments needed to make Alabama a forward-looking, growing, innovative state. These policies will make Alabama an outlier, with the most extreme anti-transgender laws in the nation. We’re also hearing a strong commitment from business leaders to stand with their customers and the valued people they employ -and their families -and to continue to work for an Alabama that is safe for and welcoming of everyone.”
The coalition is a project of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to secure LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections nationwide. Recently, more than 200 businesses issued an open letter via FFAA and the Human Rights Campaign, opposing anti-LGBTQ legislation across states.
Freedom for All Americans has tracked 19 anti-LGBTQ bills that have been sent to governors’ desks in 14 states this year; Republican and Democratic governors in Utah, Indiana, and Kentucky have issued vetoes on some of these measures. Ten bills have either been signed or are expected to be signed into law. Meanwhile, recent polling shows that 79% of Americans support nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people.