Apple, Uber and Microsoft led a growing collection of tech
companies taking aim at President Donald Trump after he issued a
directive on Wednesday that rolls back federal protections for
transgender students in public schools.
In a statement, Apple stressed its belief that “everyone deserves
a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and
discrimination,” adding: “We support efforts toward greater
acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender
students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort
to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”
Uber, meanwhile, said it’s “proud of our longstanding opposition
to harmful initiatives aimed at the LGBT community,” and it
pledged it would “continue to speak out against discriminatory
actions and in favor of good policy that champions equality and
inclusion for all.”
And Microsoft, through a tweet from president and chief legal
officer Brad Smith, swiped at the order in a subtle way. “Since
Jan. 1, 1863, the federal government has played a vital role in
protecting the rights of all Americans. Let’s not stop now,” Smith
wrote, referencing the Emancipation Proclamation.
Trump’s retrograde stance on transgender rights is heartbreaking, but it’s not going to take us back. Trump’s administration can change how the law is enforced, but it can’t change society. Laws can (and sadly, will) be rolled back. Our collective social conscience cannot.