Gay-rights advocates in San Francisco have begun organizing protests in order to pressure Amazon to avoid building its second headquarters in states that don't protect people from discrimination for their gender identity and sexual orientation.
Out of 238 cities that were nominated to become the new location for the second headquarters, the list came down to 20 cities, nine of which are located in states that don't have anti-gay discrimination laws. These nine cities are: Austin; Dallas; Nashville; Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Miami; Raleigh, N.C.; and the Washington suburbs of Northern Virginia.
To many people, this came as a surprise since Amazon is well known for supporting gay rights and anti-discrimination legislation, and even has had a gay and lesbian employee group called GLAmazon since 2005. The campaign coincides with recent conservative accusations that big tech companies like Google have a pro-liberal bias.
According to Kate Kendall, director of the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights, "Putting HQ2 in a place with no non-discrimination protections seems contrary to Amazon’s stated commitments, and puts both its employees and their families at far greater risk than is necessary in some other places."