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Amazon: Gay Rights Groups Push for HQ2 in LGBT-Friendly City

Amazon: Gay Rights Groups Push for HQ2 in LGBT-Friendly City
People walk past part of the new Amazon headquarters complex under construction in downtown Seattle, Washington, on Sept. 24, 2015. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 01 February 2018 02:59 PM

Amazon is getting pressure from gay rights groups to choose a second headquarters location that is friendly to LGBT concerns.

A “No Gay? No Way!” campaign was launched Thursday by an ad hoc group of gay rights activists, USA Today reported. The campaign points out that nine of the 20 cities on Amazon’s shortlist for its second headquarters are in states that do not have laws preventing LGBT discrimination.

The cities singled out by the group are Austin; Dallas; Nashville; Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Miami; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C.

The group is concerned that LGBT Amazon workers may face discrimination or not have their rights protected if Amazon chooses one of these locations when it makes a decision later this year. 

“We were frankly just stunned that a company with such a great track record of equality and diversity had put all these states into the mix,” ad-hoc campaign manager and communications consultant Conor Gaughan told USA Today. 

Amazon has been a strong supporter of LGBT rights and laws that protect them, with Jeff Bezos making large financial contributions to lobby for gay marriage rights in Washington state before it was legalized. Amazon was also one of 50 tech firms that submitted a friend of the court brief in support of a transgender teen from Virginia last year. 

The group, which includes among its members the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and a gay rights activist-author, said it will demonstrate close to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters as well as hire a plane to fly a “No gay? No way!” banner overhead, USA Today reported. 

Billboards on trucks in the Seattle area and online ads asking Alexa why Amazon would consider locations unfriendly to LGBT populations also are planned by the group, USA Today reported.

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Gay rights groups want Amazon to set its location for a second headquarters in an LGBT-friendly location, and nine of the cities on the 20-city shortlist don't have anti-discrimination laws.
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Thursday, 01 February 2018 02:59 PM
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