Content Filed Under: Business Support

One of the most important communities regarding the fight for LGBTQ non-discrimination protections is the business community. Through their economic influence, they have the ability to sway and start discussions regarding the need for comprehensive non-discrimination laws. Here, a selection of businesses who have gone on record as supportive of the effort to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.


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Businesses in Tennessee Launch Coalition to Support LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • December 13, 2016, 12:22 pm This morning, December 13, nearly 200 businesses across Tennessee launched Tennessee Thrives, a coalition of large and small businesses from almost every industry dedicated to ensuring Tennessee is an open an inclusive state for everyone, including LGBT people.
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Forbes Adds LGBT Equality to Annual Best States for Business Index

By Adam Polaski • November 16, 2016, 12:08 pm Forbes released its best and worst states for businesses in 2016 today, and for the first time ever the rankings include a measure looking at state-level nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
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200+ Small Business Owners in Texas Urge Lawmakers to Reject Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • October 25, 2016, 1:57 pm This week in Texas, more than 200 Texas small business owners sent a letter to lawmakers warning that legislation targeting the LGBT community for discrimination will markedly hurt both their businesses and local economies across the state.
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Investors Representing $2.1 Trillion in Assets Are The Latest Voices Calling for HB2’s Repeal

By Megan Clayton • September 28, 2016, 10:28 am Major investors representing $2.1 trillion in collective assets are the latest to add their names to a long list of businesses, advocacy groups and other economic interests opposing North Carolina’s anti-transgender HB 2.
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Freedom for All Americans and SKYY Vodka Proud to Partner on Work to Advance LGBT Equality

By Adam Polaski • September 14, 2016, 11:58 am Freedom for All Americans is proud to announce a new partnership with SKYY Vodka, a brand with a long history of supporting the LGBT community.
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NCAA Pulls Championship Events from North Carolina Because of Anti-LGBT HB2

By Adam Polaski • September 13, 2016, 10:41 am The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced last night that they will move all previously awarded championship events to North Carolina out of the state because of HB 2.
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New Research Shows Statewide LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws Boost Business Innovation

By Megan Clayton • August 19, 2016, 11:04 am A new study published in the scholarly journal Management Science has found evidence that statewide non-discrimination laws bring in new talent and make states more competitive and innovative.
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Transgender Fashion Model Tracey Norman: ‘Don’t Be Afraid to Live Your Truth’

By Adam Polaski • August 17, 2016, 11:58 am Tracey's beautiful comeback story is inspiring – a signal that the world has changed for so many, and a motivation for us to continue pushing forward and committing to lasting, full non-discrimination protections once and for all.
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Reports: Anti-LGBT HB2 Costs North Carolina the NBA All-Star Game, a Loss of $100 Million

By Adam Polaski • July 19, 2016, 2:27 pm Now, solely because of the anti-LGBT legislation that the North Carolina General Assembly introduced, passed out of two committees and chambers, and signed into law within 10 hours, North Carolina is continuing to suffer in very tangible, very damaging ways.
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NCAA Unveils New Plans to Prioritize Non-Discrimination in Bids for Host Cities

By Adam Polaski • April 28, 2016, 1:03 pm This week at their quarterly meeting in Indianapolis, the Board of Governors of the NCAA voted on a new rule requiring cities wishing to host or bid on NCAA events to demonstrate how they will "provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination."
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In Late-Night, 4-Hour Hearing, Missouri Business Leaders Fight for Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • April 13, 2016, 3:30 pm Businesses from across the country and across the state have united in opposition to SJR 39, and lawmakers should heed their warning and consider the implications this legislation would have on Missouri’s economy.
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80+ Businesses in Missouri Form Coalition to Defeat Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment

By Adam Polaski • April 12, 2016, 11:30 am This morning, many of Missouri’s most respected business leaders announced the formation of Missouri Competes, a coalition of 80+ businesses large and small from across the state who oppose Senate Joint Resolution 39.
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Deutsche Bank Cancels $9 Million Expansion at North Carolina Location Because of HB2

By Adam Polaski • April 12, 2016, 10:44 am In September 2015, the bank announced its plans to expand its operations in Cary, North Carolina, adding 250 new jobs. This morning, the bank walked back those plans, citing HB2 and saying it was uncomfortable adding these new jobs in a state that discriminates.
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Paypal Withdraws Plans to Open New Global Operations Center in North Carolina Because of HB2

By Adam Polaski • April 5, 2016, 10:12 am "The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte."
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Businesses and Community Leaders Sound Off Against Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT HB1523, Now Before Gov. Bryant

By Adam Polaski • April 1, 2016, 11:38 am Major businesses – as well as community leaders – have called for urgent action against the discriminatory bill. Here's a round-up of all who have voiced concern, outrage, and opposition so far.