“As large employers in the state, we are gravely concerned that any such legislation would deeply tarnish Texas’ reputation as open and friendly to businesses and families”, begins the tech companies’ letter to Abbott. “Our ability to attract, recruit and retain top talent, encourage new business relocations, expansions and investment, and maintain our economic competitiveness would all be negatively affected.”
“Discrimination is wrong and it has no place in Texas or anywhere in our country,” the letter continues. “Our perspective is grounded in our values and our long-held commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
This isn’t the first time the tech industry has taken a stand against issues arising from Trump’s controversial transgender policies. With much of Silicon Valley also vocally supporting a 17-year-old transgender student’s legal battle and opposing similar legislation in Northern Carolina, this latest intervention continues to show the industry firmly sticking to its guns.