New Amazon HQ: Where will it be?
Amazon announced their plans for a new corporate headquarters (HQ2) in September of 2017. The company asked governments throughout North America to submit proposals to house HQ2 in their state — and the frenzy began.
Amazon: An LGBT friendly employer?
In the mist of all the pick me, pick me silent clamor a national campaign sprung up in February of 2018 called “No Gay? No Way!” The campaign was a list of all the states that had anti-LGBT policies. They wanted Amazon to avoid building their new HQ2 in states that either had discriminatory policies or noninclusive LGBT policies. States, like North Carolina, that doesn’t have any laws protecting LGBT individuals from being terminated for simply being gay or transgender.
Could it be that Amazon took note of the campaign? As reported by The News & Observer, there is no clear evidence to support whether Amazon did or not. However, The News & Observer did share this tidbit of information, “The Washington Post reported Friday that Amazon has decided to limit its criteria for choosing a second headquarters to states that have laws in place to protect gay and transgender people.”
The Post also reported that Amazon representatives who have met with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper asked “pointed questions” about state policies, including HB2, the law that restricted transgendered people’s use of public restrooms. The law has since been repealed, although LGBT advocates say the repeal didn’t go far enough and that there are other objectionable laws on the state’s books.
The News & Observer goes on to write that “No Gay? No Way!” campaign released a response to the Washington Post article.
“We are heartened to read the news that rights for and acceptance of gay and transgender people are part of its criteria in choosing a second headquarters,” Conor Gaughan, campaign manager, said in a statement.
Let’s hope that Amazon’s criteria to not pick a state with discriminatory LGBT policies is solid and they do not waiver from such an important decision.
To read more of The News & Observer article click here.