Indiana Competes Launches, with Coalition of Leading Businesses Calling for LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • December 2, 2015 • 12:33 pm

Today in Indianapolis marked the launch of Indiana Competes, a coalition of more than 150 Indiana business leaders united in support of full, LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections as a central tenet to sustainable economic growth in the state.

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The Indiana Competes coalition brings together dozens of businesses from across the state who know that extending non-discrimination protections to LGBT people in Indiana isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s also the smart business move.

Michael Huber, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber, said today: “Our businesses are better able to compete in a global economy if we have a reputation as a state that is inclusive. The Indy Chamber and our business community works day in and day out to attract and retain top talent, top investment and top employers to our region. In order to be successful on this front, we must be united in our message that all employees, vendors, customers and colleagues are welcome here.”

Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe said today:

Discrimination is not a Hoosier value. No one should have to fear that they will lose their job, be kicked out of their home or denied public services simply because they are gay or transgender. We look forward to working with business leaders to ensure that Indiana is open and welcoming to all.

At today’s press event, we heard from leaders at the Indy Chamber, Salesforce, local Upland Brewery and other prominent businesses about what this fight means to them. Here are some of the top tweets of the day:

In the coming days, coalition members will hold events in South Bend, Bloomington, Evansville, Lafayette, Fort Wayne, and Northwest Indiana. A complete list of businesses in the coalition – including profiles and stories that communicate the business case for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections – can be found at www.indianacompetes.org.


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