Apple signs open letter in opposition of anti-LGBT legislation

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What you need to know

  • Apple has joined forty other businesses in signing an open letter opposing anti-LGBT bills.
  • The companies joined together with the Human Rights Campaign.
  • Businesses say that the bills are harmful to employees, their families, and the businesses themselves.

Apple has joined a group of over forty businesses across the United States to oppose legislation that will negatively affect LGBT employees.

Reported by, the company joined some of the nation's largest businesses including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Mike to oppose twelve pieces of legislation that are currently being considered across the country.

The companies joined together in signing an open letter that was published by the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ advocacy organization. The letter states that the bills, if passed, would harm LGBT employees and the companies that want to employ them.

"These bills would harm our team members and their families, stripping them of opportunities and making them feel unwelcome and at risk in their own communities ... As such, it can be exceedingly difficult for us to recruit the most qualified candidates for jobs in states that pursue such laws, and these measures can place substantial burdens on the families of our employees who already reside in these states."

The letter goes further to also say that, not only do these laws cause harm to employees and their families, but they also have a negative effect on the businesses themselves.

"America's business community has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws have a negative effect on our employees, our customers, our competitiveness, and state and national economies."

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.