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Apple joins companies calling for an end to Texas transgender law

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What you need to know

  • Apple has reportedly joined more than 60 companies calling for an end to Texas' new transgender laws.
  • An executive order from Governor Greg Abbot equates gender-affirming healthcare for transgender children with child abuse.
  • CEO Tim Cook also tweeted more generally in defiance of such laws.

Apple has reportedly joined more than 60 companies calling for a halt to transgender laws in Texas being enacted by governor Greg Abbot.

From Axios:

More than 60 companies, including some of the largest firms in tech and finance, are calling on Texas governor Greg Abbott to abandon an executive order that equates gender-affirming healthcare for transgender children with child abuse.Driving the news: Apple, Google, Meta, Johnson & Johnson, Ikea, PayPal, Capital One, Electronic Arts and many more firms signed an ad running in the Friday edition of the Dallas Morning News calling the new order discriminatory.

The ad that Apple has co-signed reportedly says "the recent attempt to criminalize a parent for helping their transgender child access medically necessary, age-appropriate healthcare in the state of Texas goes against the values of our companies" and calls on public leaders in Texas and the wider United States to "abandon efforts to write discrimination into law and policy", stating the move was not only wrong but "has an impact on our employees, our customers, their families, and our work."

CEO Tim Cook also tweeted seperately in defiance of such laws in general stating:

As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am deeply concerned about laws being enacted across the country, particularly those focused on our vulnerable youth. I stand with them and the families, loved ones, and allies who support them.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

2 Comments
  • Well, all right. An open letter and a full-page ad is a good start. When is Apple going to close its stores in Texas? When is Apple going to stop shipping products to Texas addresses? We see with Russia what is necessary to stop fascism. I'll believe Apple is serious about stopping fascism in Texas when it actually does something that will cost it money.
  • So why would Apple want to push transgender onto kids, they need to grow up 1st before making a monumental descision like that will effect their lives forever. Companies need to stay out of kids lives and let them be kids. Yet another company goes Woke, if they dont ship to Texas then let em, personally I can stand Apple products and theyve got too big for their boots just like Disney have. Texas will find that Android is miles better than Apple and less restrictive.