Tech conglomerates — like Apple, Uber, and Microsoft — and their leaders, are apparently really upset with President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse public school bathroom requirements for transgender students.
The Obama administration essentially mandated that taxpayer-funded schools allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. But the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, jointly filed new administrative guidance Wednesday revoking the vague order.
“This is a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government,” said Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, according to The New York Times.
Tech companies, more prone to publicizing their convictions in modern times, voiced their disapproval of the action taken by the Trump administration. (RELATED: Facebook Employees Are Boycotting Air Travel Over Trump’s Immigration Ban)
“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination,” the company said in a statement to Axios. “We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”
Microsoft President Brad Smith took to Twitter to voice his disapproval.
Since Jan. 1, 1863, the federal government has played a vital role in protecting the rights of all Americans. Let’s not stop now. #LGBTQ
— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) February 22, 2017
Uber said it’s proud of its “longstanding opposition to harmful initiatives aimed at the LGBT community” while pledging to “continue to speak out against discriminatory actions,” according to Politico.
Before transgender bathrooms became a central issue, tech companies were equally vocal about immigration policy.
The immigrant-rich tech industry responded to Trump’s temporary immigration ban with criticism and sadness.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from his role as an economic advisor to the president due to internal and external rebuke, while Tesla CEO and business magnate Elon Musk decided to remain on the board. (RELATED: There’s A Quantifiable Reason Why Uber’s CEO Quit Trump’s Econ Team)
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