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Americans Are Embracing Transgender Rights

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The pace of change in public opinion on LGBT issues is blistering. “A poll released today by the Public Religion Research Institute found 72% of Americans now favor passing laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination, including three-quarters of Democrats and two-thirds of Republicans. A majority of Americans also oppose so-called ‘bathroom bills,’ which require transgender people to use the restrooms that correspond to their sex at birth.”

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San Antonio Spells Out Priorities for Coming Legislative Session

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From San Antonio:
“Other priorities for the city include taking additional steps…to fight any ‘religious freedom’ bills which would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT individuals or same sex couples. (City Intergovernmental Relations Director Jeff Coyle) says those measures have been proven to be detrimental to a city’s ability to attract new employers or major events like sports championships.”

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Non-Discrimination Laws Make U.S. States More Innovative

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“Those who are more likely to be pro-LGBT tend to be younger, better educated, more open-minded, more likely to come from diverse backgrounds, more willing to take risks, and to exhibit a stronger ideological liberalism — traits that correlate with higher creativity … After a state adopts an ENDA, more pro-LGBT individuals tend to relocate into that state, while more anti-LGBT individuals tend to leave for other states. Our theory is that because the pro-LGBT individuals are likely to be more creative than the anti-LGBT ones, corporate innovation is enhanced … We found that when a state adopts an ENDA, a large number of inventors relocate from other states to that state within three years.”

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Viewpoint: Embracing LGBTQ community is good business in Texas

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We’re in the Austin Business Journal today with an op-ed on the strong and growing economic data supporting an LGBT-friendly state brand.
“Treating LGBTQ people fairly and welcoming them warmly costs nothing and would change our state’s brand for the better, while creating quantifiable, long-term economic benefits. That’s what we call a smart business decision.”

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Restroom battle may head to the Texas Legislature

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Some worry about the economic impact any restroom bill could have, particularly since watching the fallout from North Carolina’s law.
The NBA moved its All Star Game out of the state; the NCAA announced plans to determine whether (LGBT) people are safe from discrimination… performers… canceled concerts; and businesses… scrapped expansion plans there. That adds up to a loss of millions of dollars in economic impact and the loss of thousands of jobs.

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