Tech execs take stand against North Carolina transgender law. More than 9. 0 business executives, including the CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Salesforce. North Carolina law they say could be used to discriminate against people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. In a letter Tuesday, the business leaders pushed Gov.
Pat Mc. Crory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the law. The petition, organized by the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights group, says the law is particularly discriminatory toward transgender students because it forces them to use school toilets . More than 8. 0 executives signed the statement Tuesday with another 1. Wednesday. They include the CEOs of Uber and Bank of America, which has its corporate headquarters based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two transgender people and a law professor who is lesbian, claim the law violates the US Constitution.
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They also argue the law makes North Carolina the first state requiring public school and university students to only use bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates, a violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination in education. Nathan Deal said he would veto anti- LGBT legislation in his state after hearing from a loud chorus of civil rights advocates and companies. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came out as gay after taking charge of the giant consumer electronics company, was among the executives signing Tuesday's statement against North Carolina's law. He has previously spoken out against anti- LGBT legislation. Last March, Cook, along with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and more than 1. Indiana and Arkansas as threatening to .
Updated March 3. 0 at 1. PT: Added 1. 0 more business executives have signed the letter.