We are working on a very strategic VETO campaign for this bill and will be bringing you information and action items on that next week. You can STILL SIGN our open letter of Tennessee Businesses Against Discrimination if you have not, we will be using it again. We have had several more corporate and small business signers in the last week.
With our “Bathroom Bill 2.0” and the “Opt-Out of LGBT Teaching Bill” both waiting for the Governor’s signature, the “Bathroom Signage Bill” moving out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday and now moving on to the Senate floor next week, the “Trans Hormone Ban” waiting for a vote in the House next week, AND the “AntiTrans Student-Athlete Bill” already law, we are looking at having 5 anti-LGBT discriminatory laws passed. Five! See a full bill track here.
Thursday Oracle Corporation signed the HRC national letter of businesses against anti-LGBT legislation. This action was huge, as the Tennessee deal is not final and discriminatory actions in Tennessee could derail the whole thing. We made sure that was heard as widely as possible. Our statement to media and anyone that would listen:
“By signing this letter when they did and joining other businesses in opposing state-based discrimination, Oracle is sending a clear message that businesses do not want discrimination in Tennessee and that discriminatory laws, including those that single out transgender youth, and hurt economic competitiveness. I hope Governor Lee and the TN legislature are listening. Oracle's investment in our state is unprecedented and we must be able to attract them and similar investments in the future.
The businesses that want to invest in Tennessee are the same businesses that oppose laws that cause devastating harm to transgender people. The Governor and legislature should be rolling out the welcome mat to businesses like Oracle, not making it more difficult for them to invest in the state.” -Joe Woolley, CEO