“The basic rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are under attack across the United States. In the past two years almost 200 anti-LGBT bills have been introduced in over 30 states. Many of these bills have been defeated. Some passed but were vetoed. However, in 2016, three very dangerous pieces of legislation have already been passed and signed into law in Kansas, North Carolina and Mississippi.
We call on the business community and all corporations doing business in or with these states to publicly renounce and demand repeal of laws that sanction and encourage discrimination and division and to actively participate in the efforts to repeal them.
Often described as “religious freedom” legislation, these bills have nothing to do with religion or freedom. They are, in fact, nothing more than licenses to discriminate and persecute LGBT people and those who support equality and fairness. These assaults on constitutional rights are part of a larger effort to undermine the rights of all workers by weakening or removing state and local ordinances against all forms of workplace discrimination.
UNITE HERE International Union opposes all forms of discrimination and supports full equality. Many of our members are part of the LGBT community or have family members who are LGBT. We understand the urgent need for solidarity in the face of these political attacks and the hateful rhetoric and physical violence that they encourage. We stand with our LGBT brothers and sisters in calling for these laws to be repealed and we will continue to negotiate binding non-discrimination language in our collective bargaining agreements throughout the US and Canada.”