Dozens of technology companies, including Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, came together to condemn discrimination against transsexuals in the face of the actions of the current United States federal administration on the right of recognition of these people in the country, as published by The New York Times.
The new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition for some 1.4 million Americans who chose to recognize themselves surgically or not by a different gender than the one in which they were born.
The companies sent a letter that, although addressed to the Trump administration, does not mention the name of the US president. The companies wrote that "they oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase the protection of transgender people through the reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations".
The letter, also signed by Microsoft, Intel and Nike, he adds that “transgender people are our dear family and friends, and our valuable team members. What harms trans people also harms our companies ”.
The discussion took shape after the news of the NYT, released last October, when the newspaper reported that the Trump administration was considering defining sex as "immutable" and determined by a person's genitals at birth. Such an issue would leave transsexuals out of legal existence and remove their protections under Title IX, which prohibits sexual discrimination.
Below is a free translation of the letter signed by the technology companies.
We, the undersigned companies, defend the millions of people in America who identify themselves as transgender, non-binary or intersexual, and we ask that all these people be treated with the respect and dignity that everyone deserves.
We oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to eliminate transgender protections through the reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations. We are also fundamentally opposed to any policy or regulation that violates the privacy rights of those who identify themselves as transgender, non-binary or intersex gender.
In the past two decades, dozens of federal courts have affirmed the rights and identities of transgender people. Aware of the growing medical and scientific consensus, the courts recognized that policies that compel people to a binary definition of gender, determined by the anatomy of birth, do not reflect the complex realities of gender identity and human biology.
Recognizing that diversity and inclusion are good for business and that discrimination prevents huge productivity costs (and imposes undue burdens), hundreds of companies, including the undersigned, will continue to expand the inclusion of transgender people across corporate America .
Currently, more than 80% of companies in the Fortune 500 have clear gender identity protections; two thirds have transgender inclusive health coverage; hundreds have LGBTQ + business resource groups, diversity councils and business resource groups.
Transsexuals are our dear family and friends and our valued team members. What harms transgender people harms our companies.
We call for respect and transparency in formulating policies and for equality before the law for transgender people.
In parallel to this demonstration, more than 1,600 scientists signed an open letter in which they stated similar issues, saying that “this proposal (from the American government) is fundamentally inconsistent not only with science, but also with ethical practices, with human rights and with basic dignity ”.