Executives of several more companies including Uber, Neiman Marcus and TPG have joined the growing drumbeat of business opposition to the Texas transgender bathroom bill.
Lyft CEO Logan Green, Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz, TPG co-CEOs Jim Coulter and Jon Winkelried and eight other executives urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to reconsider his support for the legislation in a letter sent to the governor’s office Thursday by the Texas Association of Business, which is lobbying against the legislation.
“The fact is that no industry will remain untouched by the unnecessary harm that discriminatory laws will do to our competitiveness, to our ability to attract talent and to our employees and their families,” the executives wrote.
The letter also includes Chuck Whitten of Bain and Co., Vivek Sankaran of Frito-Lay North America-PepsiCo, Lorenzo Simonelli of Baker Hughes, Anne Motsenbocker of JPMorgan Chase, Rachel Holt of Uber, Gene Austin of Bazaarvoice, Curt Nonomaque of Vizient and Frank Paasche of PayPal.
“We support all efforts to maintain a world-class state brand and a strong state economy,” the letter reads. “We know that when Texas thrives economically, our public schools can thrive, our infrastructure can be strengthened and millions of Texas families can see a brighter future for themselves right here in the Lone Star State.”
A coalition of business leaders opposed to transgender bathroom legislation has grown since Abbott called on lawmakers to take up the matter in a special legislative session.
Senate Bill 3, the most prominent iteration of the proposed legislation, passed the Texas Senate last month and awaits a committee hearing in the state House of Representatives.
The chiefs of several San Antonio-area chambers of commerce and business groups slammed the legislation as “discriminatory” and a hindrance to recruiting new employees in the city’s bioscience, cybersecurity and manufacturing industries in a letter sent to Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus on Monday.
In July, a group of 14 Dallas-Fort Worth CEOs — including Doug Parker of American Airlines, Randall Stephenson of AT&T and Gary Kelly of Southwest Airlines — slammed the bill in a letter to Abbott, Patrick and Straus.
And Monday, more than 50 Houston-area executives — including Earl Shipp of Dow Chemical Co., Ryan Lance of ConocoPhillips and Jeff Miller of Halliburton — told Abbott that bathroom legislation would “inhibit our growth and continued success and ultimately the success of our great state” by putting a damper on talent recruitment.