Tim Cook, Zuckerberg and 12 other tech bosses oppose the “Bathroom bill” in a letter to Texas’ Governor

Tim Cook, Zuckerberg and 12 other tech bosses oppose the “Bathroom bill” in a letter to Texas’ Governor
The piece of legislation that is currently in the legal pipeline in Texas, more famous as the “Bathroom bill”, has received strong opposition from the heads of the top 14 tech companies in the country. The CEOs of Google, Amazon, Apple and others expressed their concern over the potential enactment of a ‘discriminatory legislation’ in a letter, addressed to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, dated May 27th.

The bill seeks to regulate the access of transgender people to restrooms in the state, obliging them to use the baths designated for the gender they have on their birth certificates. The legislative machine entered a deadlock last Friday, when Republicans and Conservatives could not reach an agreement over the bill’s future. Statements of condemnation for the legislation from the NBA and NFL, and pressure from LGBT groups, have made the bill’s passage a particularly difficult one for the Conservative party.

In their letter, the country’s top tech leaders suggest that the enactment of the bill would “tarnish Texas’ reputation as open and friendly to businesses and families”. The CEOs make an argument that the law would ultimately drive talent and economy away from Texas, for such legislation is “wrong” and “has no place in Texas or anywhere in the country”. We kind of see their point, judging by what happened in North Carolina, after the successful passage of a similar piece of law – state-wide outcries and billion-dollar-worth boycotts from businesses.

The instant letter urges Texas’ legislature not to pursue legislation of this kind, but a similar letter to North Carolina’s Governor last year, again issued by tech giants, did little to stop the bill there. We are still to see whether Tim Cook and the others who signed the bill will be able to exert their influence on this occasion. 

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29 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Honestly I think it should be based on whatever you have in your pants not some doctored piece of identification in your wallet/purse.

2. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

This.

3. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Exactly

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I agree. All these gender bs is getting so weird now. Anyone can appear as a man or a woman at anytime as per their convenience. Men can go in to girls bathrooms and do all the perverted stuff. I think this bill is essential and f**k Tim cook and all the crazy CEOs that opposes this bill.

14. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Who cares what these left wing hypocrites have to say? Cook is a flaming homosexual who replaced American jobs with slave labor, and Zuckerberg would NEVER let his child in a bathroom with a tranny. I hate the left wing and their media machine.

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What will a transgeder have in their pants?

23. tuminatr

Posts: 1124; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I researched this issue and was a little surprised with what I learned. The whole North Carolina bathroom bill is a reaction to what the Charlotte city council did. The city council passed an ordnance allowing any gender to use any bathroom or shower open to the public. You can imagine the issues this caused the "Bathroom Bill" is a reaction to a bad ordnance passed by the city council

4. dnomadic

Posts: 415; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

And why the hell are businesses keep trying to,influence legislation.... Ding ding = man, use the bathroom designed foe men. No ding ding = woman use the bathroom such a person. Though if you decide to add or take a way your piece I still believe you need psychiatric help dealing dealing with who you are... Hey your choice though.

5. dnomadic

Posts: 415; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Freak, no edit button... But you get what I'm saying.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Such a non issue, designed to fire up the troops so they don't notice the real issues. Just like flag burning.

7. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

What are we supposed to think if you see what looks like a man/woman using what appears to be the wrong bathroom. How hard is it to accept that we're born one way or another? Today you can be a man today and a woman tomorrow. Completely against the laws of nature.

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I take it as you don't have little ones at home. I'd feel uneasy if I see what clearly is a man go to the same restroom as my BlackBerry year old sister.

12. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Actually i misread what the bill represented so my statement is incorrect. So yes i would feel the same way as you described and i do have two beautiful kids that I would do anything to protect. My bigger point is that we shouldn't have to have these kinds of issues in society but the world is getting crazier and crazier.

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I don't see what this has to do with phones but ok, kind of a given tim cook would be against it.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why? Tim isn't transgender, and I've never heard of him trying to use a ladies room.

29. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

With the crazy way the world works now, supposedly he is a gay man. So he feels like a man but is attracted to other men. However, he may also be a straight woman, because now gender is not based on your junk but instead on what you perceive yourself as. People may also flip flop on what their gender is, so one day he can feel he is a man and the other day a woman. So who knows what bathroom he would use.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I would raise hell if a state tried to pass a bill that prevented me from legally using a restroom. And no, I'm not implying that I'm transgender, but I do see this as a discrimination issue. If people feel uncomfortable using a public restroom with transgender people, then maybe they should petition to make Single Stall restrooms the norm for public areas.

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You Americans are really weird. Every day making new laws just for the sake of it.

17. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lol I agree

16. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I tend to take a more progressive outlook but I kind of see this as clear cut. If you psychologically feel you were born into the wrong biological gender, then I don't have a legitimate gripe with that. It's your life, your mind. You can do what you want if it makes you feel satiated and fulfilled with yourself. But ultimately, you are still biologically born as whatever it is you don't feel you are. Unless you undergo drastic operation to change pretty much everything about your anatomy, you should be subjected to the same gender norms as everyone else.

18. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

This law its against the Illuminati transgender agenda that thise ceo supports

19. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

What are we talking about, there are real problems out there. Tube or hole it doesent matter please it is just a chromosome of a difference. At the end a 100% MAN like your boss will make your life a sh.. hole so relax. BUT there has to be a limit - we are not there yet ;)

21. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

What does this has to do with smartphones?

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1559; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So a woman who is attracted to women, had a sex change to become a man and dresses like a man, needs to use the restroom with little girls? That is what conservatives want. Conservatives want men in the women's restroom.

25. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

If you did sex change and a penis was installed, well yeah, go to the men's restroom, you've graduated to a male. But if you still have vagina because you removed your breasts and began to take make hormones to grow some beards, go to the ladies restroom, you are still female.

24. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Why should I have a penis and be allowed to go into the ladies restroom just because I'm wearing a dress? Well, I could just be a pervert pretending to be a transgender. Some females can also do the same issh too.

26. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I guess its too difficult to make a 3rd bathroom or 4th bathroom like some places have done with family bathrooms???????

27. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

What makes no sense, is there haven't been any laws previously created to keep men from women's rooms or women from men's rooms. People should be free to use whatever bathroom they choose. Idk why a man would want to use a Women's restroom since from my experience they are usually filthier and the lines are always longer

28. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

haha these comments. let the hatred burn within.

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