Friday, February 2, 2018

Gay-rights group says Amazon's HQ2 should avoid Florida because of lack of LGBTQ protections

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 4:07 PM

Citing Florida's complete lack of statewide laws protecting a person from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, an advocate group is releasing a series of ads suggesting Amazon's HQ2 should locate in a more gay-friendly state.

A digital ad campaign from a gay-rights group called No Gay? No Way! launched Thursday, highlighting the nine out of 20 finalist cities that don't have LGBT anti-discrimination laws.

The nine cities include Austin, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, Indianapolis, Miami, Raleigh, and the Washington suburbs of Northern Virginia.

The ad features a voice asking Alexa if Amazon should move to a state that discriminates against the LGBTQ community.

NARRATOR: “Alexa, should Amazon move to Florida, which discriminates against its LGBT customers and employees?”
NARRATOR: “Alexa?”
ALEXA: “I’m thinking.”
ALEXA: “Asking Amazon headquarters now…”

"It is stunning that Amazon would consider locating HQ2 and tens of thousands of employees in a state that doesn't protect LGBT employees or customers," said Conor Gaughan, NGNW spokesperson. "In one breath CEO Jeff Bezos is celebrating Amazon’s dedication to diversity and equality at gala dinners, and in the next he is considering a major investment in a city or state where an LGBT employee can be fired or denied housing just for being who they are."

On a related note, Florida also happens to exclude transgender-related care for state employees.

Last month, Amazon announced that Orlando was not a finalist for HQ2. Orlando's bid included tons of free land, tax incentives and even solar arrays in the shape of the company's logo.

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