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EA, Microsoft, Gearbox protest Texas’ anti-LGBTQ+ efforts

"Discrimination is bad for business, bad for employees, and bad for families."

EA, Microsoft and Gearbox have added their weight behind a letter asking Texas, USA governor Greg Abbott to “abandon” actions that vilify parents who are seeking to access gender-affirming care for their children.

As we detailed last week, Texas’ governor has told the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to begin investigating reports of parents that work to provide gender-affirming care to their children as acts of child abuse.

The new letter, organised by Human Rights Campaign and also featuring the likes of IBM, Google, Yahoo and Meta, asks for officials “to abandon discriminatory efforts against trans youth and all LGBTQ+ people” not only in Texas but across the USA.

“Our companies do business, create jobs, and serve customers in Texas. We are committed to building inclusive environments where our employees can thrive inside and outside of the workplace. For years we have stood to ensure LGBTQ+ people – our employees, customers, and their families – are safe and welcomed in the communities where we do business,” reads the full letter (via PC Gamer).

“The recent attempt to criminalise a parent for helping their transgender child access medically necessary, age-appropriate healthcare in the state of Texas goes against the values of our companies. This policy creates fear for employees and their families, especially those with transgender children, who might now be faced with choosing to provide the best possible medical care for their children but risk having those children removed by child protective services for doing so. It is only one of several efforts discriminating against transgender youth that are advancing across the country.

“We call on our public leaders – in Texas and across the country – to abandon efforts to write discrimination into law and policy. It’s not just wrong, it has an impact on our employees, our customers, their families, and our work.”

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