Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Nov 2013 17:14 UTC
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Tim Cook, in a letter published in The Wall Street Journal:

Apple's antidiscrimination policy goes beyond the legal protections U.S. workers currently enjoy under federal law, most notably because we prohibit discrimination against Apple's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. A bill now before the U.S. Senate would update those employment laws, at long last, to protect workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

We urge senators to support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and we challenge the House of Representatives to bring it to the floor for a vote.

It's hard to imagine for someone like me, from The Netherlands, but in the US, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have, in most states, far fewer rights than straight, non-transgender people. The LGBT community in the US still has a long fight ahead of itself, and large companies like Apple publicly urging Congress to address the archaic position of the LGBT community can only be seen as a good thing.

Most technology companies support the LGBT community's fight for equality, and considering the importance of this industry, that's a blessing.

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allanregistos
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Most technology companies support the LGBT community's fight for equality, and considering the importance of this industry, that's a blessing.


LGBT rights. What are those?

I respect every human being because they are human beings. But I do not condone homo sexual practices in any of my immediate vicinity/area/company/etc. But it doesn't mean I won't hire people who were gays or lesbians as long as they are fit for the job, this is a perfect example of not discriminating people regardless of their gender identity. But if their behaviors will also trample MY RIGHTS as an owner of the company, then I will use my constitutional rights as a citizen of the republic to fire them. People can behave anything they want as long as I am not personally involve or my family(children) are not involve. It is their choice. So I am wondering if what is the meaning of these so-called LGBT rights.

Edited 2013-11-06 05:00 UTC

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