Florida Businesses Call on Congress to Pass Equality Act

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Dear Senators,

We as business owners, job creators, and community leaders in the state of Florida urge Congress to pass the Equality Act. We believe that all Americans deserve to be treated with respect, and valued as fellow countrymen, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our state has built itself to be naturally welcoming as the sunshine state and the home to so much hospitality. It is with that in mind that we ask for your support and to update our federal laws to uphold these values.

In the United States today, LGBTQ people remain vulnerable to discrimination in key areas of daily life, including housing, healthcare, and public spaces like restaurants and shops. While the Supreme Court recently ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that current federal law already bans employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the Equality Act would codify those protections into law and ensure that LGBTQ Americans are protected in all areas of daily life.

We know that discrimination is fundamentally bad for the business community. In order for businesses to attract and retain top talent, we need our country, our state, and our communities to be welcoming and accepting of all people. We call on Congress to ensure this happens by passing the Equality Act. This legislation ensures equal protection for all people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

As business leaders, the success of our business is dependent upon the quality and commitment of its employees and our ability to recruit and retain them. We know that providing our LGBTQ workers with protections not only strengthens our businesses by promoting an inclusive environment, but it also ensures that our communities are attractive to talent and that our workforce is diverse.

Signed,

AirBnB
BlueGrace Logistics
Carlton Fields
Citrix
Deutsche Bank
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Assoc.
Greenway Health
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Levi Strauss & Co
Lush Cosmetics
Lyft
Misfits Gaming Group
Moffitt Cancer Center
Nielsen
Owens Corning
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Practice (Jacksonville)
UBS (Ponte Vedra Beach)