EA, Gearbox, and Microsoft Sign Open Letter Opposing Texas’ Anti-Trans Bill

Next, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order in February 2022 called for child protection services to investigate families of transgender children receiving gender-affirming medical care for child abuse; 65 companies signed a letter asking Abbot to drop these anti-LGBTQ+ efforts.

Rebecca Marquez, HRC Texas director, shared a copy of the announcement on Twitter.

This will be published this morning in the Dallas Morning News. #ProtectTransKids #txlege pic.twitter.com/rviiklLbJr

— Rebecca Marques (@_RebeccaMarques) March 11, 2022

“Our companies are doing business, creating jobs, and serving customers in Texas,” the letter said. For years, we have advocated for LGBTQ+ people – our employees, customers, and their families – to be safe and welcome in the communities where we do business.

“The recent attempt to prosecute a parent for helping their transgender child access medically necessary, age-appropriate health care in the state of Texas is contrary to our company values. This policy creates fear among employees and their families, especially transgender children. Who may now be forced to provide the best possible health care for their children but risk those children being taken away by child protection services for doing so? This is just one of several attempts to discriminate against transgender youth promoted across the country.

“We call on our community leaders — in Texas and across the country — to stop trying to write discrimination into law and policy. This is not just wrong; it affects our employees, our customers, their families, and our work.”

EA, Microsoft, and Gearbox are members of a pro-LGBTQ business network. Texas Competes and Gearbox itself had previously opposed a previous bill banning transgender youth from participating in sports.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news columnist for IGN. You can follow him on Twitt

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