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American Airlines Attacks Raft of Anti-LGBTQ Bills Targeting Transgender Young People

American Airlines Attacks Raft of Anti-LGBTQ Bills Targeting Transgender Young People

American Airlines joined a slew of major corporations including Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft on Monday in attacking efforts by some lawmakers in its home state of Texas to pass anti-LGBTQ laws that target the rights of transgender people.

“The airline supports the inclusion of LGBTQ people in nondiscrimination laws and opposes any effort to exclude the LGBTQ community from full civil rights protections under the law,” an American Airlines spokesperson explained following the publication of a joint open letter on the issue.

Last week, the Texas Senate passed bill SB29 which aims to ban transgender youth from participating in sports by forcing student athletes to play on a team based on their sex assigned at birth rather than their gender identity. The bill has moved to the Texas House for consideration.

A second bill, HB 1399, which was passed by the House Public Health Committee would prohibit gender transition treatments for children and remove professional liability insurance coverage for physicians offering this care.

“We are concerned to see a resurgence of efforts to exclude transgender youth from full participation in their communities, to criminalize or ban best-practice medical care that is proves to save lives, or to exclude LGBTQ people in a variety of other settings, including accessing healthcare, filling prescription, or seeking legal representation,” reads the open letter cosigned by American Airlines.

“We will continue to oppose any unnecessary, divisive measures that would damage Texas’ reputation and make our customers, our visitors, and our employees and their families feel unwelcome or unsafe,” the letter continues.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, there are more than 240 anti-LGBTQ bills currently under consideration in state legislatures across the country.

“Discrimination is bad for business, bad for Texans, bad for Texas,” slammed Rebecca Marques, Texas State Director for HRC.

“In 2017, far-right extremists lawmakers tried to pass the infamous anti-LGTBQ bathroom bill. We wasted a whole session and special session on that discriminatory piece of legislation. And this session, they’ve turned their sights on transgender youth with SB 29 despite the fact that they can give no examples of actual problems,” Marques commented.

In March, American Airlines joined Freedom for All Americans – a group of companies that oppose attempts to target transgender youth. The airline also said it was advocating the passage of the federal Equality Act and is lobbying for all 50 states to have hate crime laws on their books.

Earlier this month, the airline took a swipe at Texan lawmakers who had proposed a voter suppression law.



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  • “…bill SB29 which aims to ban transgender youth from participating in sports by forcing student athletes to play on a team based on their sex assigned at birth rather than their gender identity.”
    The fact that this blogger can’t even see, or refuses to see, how self-contradictory and absurd this regurgitated Lefty interpretation of what the bill “aims” to do should tell you all you need to know. “They’re banned from sports!!…but they’re also forced to play sports!!” lol.
    And if you want to know if someone is probably giving you a warped, skewed, biased personal interpretation of what a bill says, note how many times the said bill is actually quoted in their discussion of said bill. (In this case, there are no quote marks.) Just this absurdly partisan and misleading talking point interpretation of what they want the clueless to think the bill says.
    Also, it’s almost funny if it wasn’t so sad. Especially love how the Left accuses the Right of being science-deniers when they refuse to admit the scientific difference between genders. Feel free to identify as either gender you prefer, but science “assigns” your sex at conception. Sorry if that harshes your politics, but reality bites sometimes whether you recognize it or not.

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