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3/27/2019: Statement of Texas employers and business organizations on diversity & inclusion
Texas’ strong, diverse economy is proof that a welcoming state pays off – in jobs and quality of life. Central to the state’s success in our opinion is a respect for inclusion and diversity among job creators, including the ability to attract and retain talent and service customers. Treating all people with dignity and respect is core to the state’s continued prosperity.

We will continue to oppose any unnecessary, discriminatory, and divisive measures that would damage Texas’ reputation and create problems for our employees and their families. These include policies that explicitly or implicitly allow for the exclusion of LGBTQ people, or anyone else, as well as the preemption of municipal nondiscrimination laws, in whole or in part. Such measures are inconsistent with an innovative, forward-facing Texas that we can all be proud of.

As businesses operating in the Lone Star state, we urge policy makers to remain committed to the things that matter: building a great public education system; continuing to foster a business-friendly climate; creating strong infrastructure that allows for even more jobs; and cultivating the quality of life so prized by both lifelong Texans and new arrivals to this wonderful state.

  • Alliance Data Systems
  • Amazon
  • American Airlines
  • Apple
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Homemade, Inc.
  • Capital Factory
  • Celanese
  • Dell Technologies
  • Facebook
  • Fidelity
  • Gearbox Software
  • Google
  • HP
  • IBM
  • PayPal
  • PepsiCo
  • Rackspace
  • Salesforce
  • SBASE Technologies
  • Silicon Labs
  • TPG
  • Trillium Asset Management
  • Unilever
  • Visa
  • ASAE (American Society of Association Executives)
  • Austin Tech Alliance
  • PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association)
  • Tech Titans
  • TechNet
  • Dallas Regional Chamber
  • El Paso Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
  • HEB Chamber of Commerce
  • North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
  • McKinney Chamber of Commerce
  • Plano Chamber of Commerce
  • Richardson Chamber of Commerce
  • Rowlett Chamber of Commerce
  • San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce
  • Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce
  • San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • North Texas Commission
  • Texas Competes Action
  • Texas Welcomes All
  • Destination El Paso
  • Visit Austin
  • Visit Dallas
  • Visit Fort Worth
  • Visit San Antonio
  • Visit Houston

SKIFT:  Texas Travel Leaders Fight Discriminatory Legislation Harmful to the State’s Economy

“Religious refusal” legislation has made headlines in recent years as individuals and organizations call on their religious belief to refuse to serve, sell to, or work with another person or group of persons. The Texas Legislature alone has considered religious refusal legislation in the past three legislative sessions, with the number of proposed bills increasing each year: one bill in 2013, four bills and amendments in 2015, and 13 bills in 2017. Last year, one of those 13 bills passed. [Read More]

Republican Party’s Includes Bathroom Bill in 2019 Platform

The Republican Party of Texas recently met and included the bathroom bill as part of its party platform for the 2019 Legislative Session.  Texas Welcomes All was part of a broad convention and visitor bureau and business coalition against the bathroom bill during the 2017 session. We were able to defeat the bathroom bill twice, once during the regular session and during a special session.

Now, our members are winning accolades for fighting discrimination and fighting to protect the Texas economy.

Congratulations to Texas Welcomes All member and Visit San Antonio President & CEO Cassandra Matej, who was named “Ally of the Year” by the San Antonio LGBT Chamber for her efforts to stop the bathroom bill. [Read More]