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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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.
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Entertainment Industry Sends Powerful Message to Georgia’s Governor on Anti-LGBT Bill

By Adam Polaski • March 25, 2016, 2:00 pm Check out the many entertainment companies specifically saying they'd take their productions – and all of the economic benefits that brings to Georgia – elsewhere if Governor Deal signs HB 757 into law.
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Dozens of Businesses Speak Out Against Discriminatory HB2 in North Carolina

By Adam Polaski • March 25, 2016, 9:01 am Despite having no time to prepare or anticipate the extreme, overreaching scope of the legislation that would be passed through Wednesday's unprecedented special legislative session in North Carolina, business leaders across the country are quickly moving to condemn state lawmakers for their harmful actions.
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Largest Business Association in Missouri Urges Lawmakers to Reject SJR-39

By Adam Polaski • March 18, 2016, 10:19 am "Despite the technical changes in the resolution, the Missouri Chamber cannot ignore the detrimental impact this would have on our state's economy," the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry said this week.
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MasterCard Joins Growing Array of Businesses Speaking Out Against Missouri’s SJR 39

By Megan Clayton • March 16, 2016, 12:02 pm President of Technologies and Operations at MasterCard Rob Reeg released a statement last week lauding Governor Jay Nixon for his commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBT community and urging him to stand firm against any legislation that would allow discrimination.
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Employment Attorney Offers Insight on Widespread Discrimination Against LGBT Floridians

March 7, 2016, 5:15 pm We spoke with Anthony Falzon about his experience as an attorney in employment discrimination work and his hopes for the passage of LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination in Florida.
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KFC Takes Action Against Anti-Transgender Discrimination, Underlining Need for LGBT Protections in Virginia

By Adam Polaski • March 1, 2016, 1:06 pm The restaurant franchise KFC has taken action against one of its restaurant managers in Richmond, Virginia, who hired and then fired a woman simply because she is transgender.
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Religious Exemption Bill in Georgia Endangers State’s $6 Billion Film Industry

By Adam Polaski • February 24, 2016, 1:09 pm All of that work to build up the entertainment industry in Georgia is in jeopardy because of a hugely overreaching bill that arms any individual, business, or organization with a License to Discriminate.
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Texas Attorney Who Fought for Marriage Stands up for Non-Discrimination

February 10, 2016, 6:09 pm "For me, a major reason I got involved in the marriage fight was because people I know and love were being mistreated, and I wanted to stand up for them. It's the same idea here: Separate and apart from the economic arguments is the fact that discrimination based on immutable characteristics is repugnant. It's not right, it’s un-American, and we have to stop it."
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New England Professional Sports Teams Call for Full Transgender Protections in Massachusetts

By Adam Polaski • January 11, 2016, 1:30 pm This weekend, every major sports team in New England – the New England Patriots, the New England Revolution, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins, and TD Garden – announced their support for a bill that would fully protect transgender people in Massachusetts from discrimination in public places.
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Indiana Businesses & Supporters: Protections for Transgender Hoosiers are Non-Negotiable

By Adam Polaski • January 7, 2016, 12:45 pm This week lawmakers in Indiana introduced a new bill, S.B. 344, offering it as a so-called alternative to S.B. 100, a separate bill that has been introduced following statewide calls for legislation extending non-discrimination protections to all LGBT Hoosiers.
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For This Detroit Business Owner, Fairness Is Good for Business

April 5, 2015, 9:33 pm Joe Lentine runs a second-generation family-owned business in Detroit, Michigan. His father founded DENCAP Dental Plans in 1984, selling dental coverage to people in Detroit at first and then the greater southeastern Michigan area.
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