Amidst the NFL Draft in Nashville, the Tennessee Titans Announce Opposition to Discriminatory Legislation

April 27, 2019 • 2:45 pm

In the middle of Day 3 of the NFL Draft the Tennessee Titans have released a statement opposing discriminatory legislation in Tennessee. Tennessee lawmakers are pushing the most extreme anti-LGBT slate in the nation, with three discriminatory bills expected on the House and Senate floor as soon as Monday, April 29th.

The Tennessee Titans’ statement reads: “The Tennessee Titans oppose discrimination in any form. We are long-standing supporters of Tennessee Thrives. Discriminatory legislation hurts all of us. It also impacts our ability to secure events like the 2019 NFL Draft, major conventions, major athletic contests and other events that benefit our local and state economy. It also weakens our ability to recruit new business and industry to Nashville and to Tennessee. We would encourage our elected officials to keep us on a path that protects all our citizens, our growth and our economy.”

The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Freedom for All Americans has organized an open letter signed by over three dozen small businesses and AllianceBernstein, Amazon, Bridgestone North Americans, Curb Records, Dell Technologies, Exploration, Genesco, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, Postmates, Salesforce, and Warner Music Group.

“Tennessee is on the brink of becoming the next North Carolina – and the first state in the nation to pass anti-LGBTQ legislation this year,” said Kasey Suffredini, President of Strategy at Freedom for All Americans.Business leaders know that Tennessee can’t afford to face the economic consequences of laws that discriminate against LGBTQ people. These bills target LGBTQ people in virtually every area of their lives and are some of the most dangerous attacks on our community nationwide. We stand with the business community in opposition to any efforts to discriminate against LGBTQ Tennesseans and their families.”

Earlier this week Postmates released a statement citing concerns over their ability to continue to invest in Tennessee if anti-LGBT legislation becomes law: “We are extremely concerned passage of these bills could harm job growth for us, especially as we have economic incentive packages with the State to expand our presence; and as tech is in a worldwide race for top talent, Tennessee should not give companies any reason to reconsider where they call home.”

“Tennessee is a great place to do business, and we want to keep it that way. Postmates is just one of many businesses to share grave concerns about their ability to continue investing in Tennessee’s economy if these bills become law,” said Joe Woolley, CEO of the Nashville LGBT Chamber. It is imperative that our legislature reject these discriminatory bills and ensure that Tennessee remains open for business to all. This could be the first of many self-inflicted wounds to the state’s economy if these bills are passed. I hope senators consider this when voting for the bills next week.”

For more information and for businesses wishing to sign the open letter, contact [email protected].

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