Tennessee is a great place to do business: Corporate investments and entrepreneurship are growing. Visitors to the state spent more than $22 billion in 2018. We have one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates. Tennessee’s thriving economy is proof that business-friendly legislative efforts have paid off.

We believe Tennessee’s continued growth and innovation rely on the state being open and welcoming to everyone. The recent passage of HB 836 sends the opposite message. This law will allow child welfare organizations -- including taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies -- to turn away qualified Tennesseans seeking to care for a child in need, including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, divorced people, or anyone to whom the agency has a religious objection.

Policies that signal that the state is not welcoming to everyone put our collective economic success at risk. As we seek to maintain and grow our world-class workforce, we often face questions about whether our state is welcoming to the LGBTQ community and beyond. It is both a business imperative and core to our corporate values that our customers, our employees and their families, and our potential employees feel fully included in the prosperity of our state.

We ask that lawmakers not pursue any further legislation that would target or exclude LGBTQ people, which would do harm to Tennesseans and create unnecessary hurdles to economic competitiveness. We urge policymakers to remain committed to the values of innovation and growth that we all share.

We ask our legislative leaders to help us continue to make Tennessee a welcoming and inclusive state to all people.

We appreciate your public service and look forward to continuing our partnership.

Corporate Signers

  1. AllianceBernstein
  2. Amalgamated Bank
  3. Amazon
  4. American Airlines
  5. Asurion
  6. Bridgestone Americas
  7. Camelot Care Services
  8. CMT
  9. Concord
  10. Cummins, Inc.
  11. Curb Records
  12. Dell Technologies
  13. Discovery, Inc.
  14. Dow
  15. Eventbrite
  16. Genesco
  17. Hilton
  18. IKEA North America Services, LLC
  19. Lyft, Inc.
  20. Marriott International, Inc.
  21. Mars, Inc.
  22. Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp
  23. Nashville International Airport, BNA
  24. Nashville Predators
  25. Nashville Soccer Club
  26. Nike, Inc.
  27. Nissan North America
  28. Peloton Interactive, Inc.
  29. Pilot
  30. Postmates
  31. Salesforce
  32. ServiceSource
  33. Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, including member companies Danone North America; Mars, Incorporated; Nestlé USA; and Unilever United States
  34. Tennessee Titans
  35. Trillium Asset Management
  36. Unilever
  37. Vanderbilt University
  38. Warby Parker
  39. Warner Music Group

TN Small Business Signers

  1. 11seventy
  2. 2nd Chance Insurance, LLC
  3. 3rd POWER Amplification, LLC
  4. Abode Mercantile
  5. Advanced Family Medical
  6. AffordableInsuranceQuotes.com
  7. Allegro Member Solutions, Inc.
  8. Angelfish Arts
  9. bam! social business, LLC
  10. Batch Nashville, LLC
  11. Baxter and Bailey Company
  12. Belcourt Theatre
  13. Bernard & Associates, P.C.
  14. Big Frog Custom T-shirts
  15. Brinnovate Digital
  16. Butcher & Bee
  17. Cadium Music Publishing
  18. Cannery Ballroom
  19. Christina R. Perkins, LCSW
  20. Clemmons & Clemons, PLLC
  21. CodeScience
  22. Coffee Brake, Inc.
  23. Conjure
  24. Covenant of the Cross
  25. Culture Shift Team
  26. Cumberland Property Investments
  27. Deb Palmer George Consulting
  28. Dickinson Wright, PLLC
  29. Diversity Builder, Inc
  30. dkupish production, LLC
  31. Dog and Duck
  32. Element Salon
  33. EurAupair Multicultural Child Care Plans of Knoxville
  34. Events R Us Photography
  35. Exit Realty Elite
  36. Fleet Street Pub
  37. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
  38. FLWR Shop
  39. Focus Mid-South
  40. Focus Middle Tennessee
  41. Frothy Monkey
  42. GasLamp Antiques and Decorating Mall
  43. Good Neighbor Festivals
  44. Graceful Tables
  45. Green Building Management Services, LLC
  46. GSquared Wireless LLC
  47. Harbin Hollow, LLC
  48. HighHorse
  49. Home Run Pet Care
  50. Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown
  51. Indian Lake Animal Clinic
  52. Interprofessional Health Services, LLC
  53. JayKillEvents
  54. Jeffrey C. Kovalski, PLLC
  55. Jenn Strickland Counseling
  56. Kaleidoscope Custom Vapor Lounge LLC
  57. KJB Security Products Inc.
  58. Lake Animal Clinic
  59. Levy’s, Inc.
  60. Liberty Extractions LLC
  61. Margot Cafe and Bar
  62. Marche Artisan Foods
  63. MediCopy
  64. Mercy Lounge
  65. Mott Counseling Services
  66. MP Dezgn Technology Solutions
  67. Music City Tents
  68. Nashville Ballet
  69. Nashville Cares
  70. Nashville Children's Theatre
  71. Nashville Computer Guru
  72. Nashville In Harmony
  73. Nelson's Green Brier Distillery
  74. No Quarter
  75. Noah E. Spiegel Consulting
  76. Odark30studio
  77. One
  78. Out & About Nashville, Inc.
  79. Overlook Nashville
  80. Oz Arts Nashville
  81. Parana River Group
  82. Par Partners International, Inc.
  83. Peace Love and Paws
  84. Pecker’s Bar & Grill
  85. Rachel + Winfree Data Analytics Consulting
  86. Rager Adolescent Health
  87. Ray Rico Freelance
  88. Rubenfeld Law Office
  89. Sanctuary Yoga
  90. Sifted
  91. SkillSet Organizing
  92. Southern Fatty
  93. Spray Pal
  94. STF Events and Catering
  95. Strategic Hospitality
  96. Sustainable Food Policy Alliance
  97. Synchronous Health
  98. The Artist’s Circle
  99. The Biser Group
  100. The Crag
  101. The Dog Houzz
  102. The High Watt
  103. The RayNa Corporation
  104. The Shadowed Stranger
  105. Third Coast Comedy Club
  106. Tinney Contemporary Gallery
  107. TNB-Fitness, LLC
  108. Tonda McKay Photography
  109. Triumph Strategies
  110. TSTL Holdings LLC dba Boro Hemp Co.
  111. Turnip Truck
  112. Two Old Hippies
  113. Water Quality & Erosion Control of Tennessee
  114. Weatherford Enterprises, LLC
  115. White & Rhodes, P.C.
  116. Wild Goose Chase Events
  117. Zeus Enterprises LLC.

Individual Business Statements

Concord: “The creative community in TN, and especially in Nashville, is essential to the state’s culture and economy. It is a community that was built on inclusiveness and continues to thrive because of it.The signing of HB 0836 / SB 1304 into law does not reflect the type of inclusiveness that Concord believes makes better communities, creative works, and culture.

Concord will continue to speak out against any laws that threaten its stakeholders and have therefore added our name to an ever-expanding list of TN businesses that oppose such legislated discrimination.”

Mars Petcare: At Mars, we believe our business and our community are at their best when we embrace and celebrate all people. We firmly believe that everyone is equal and that every person deserves to be treated with respect, dignity, and fairness.

We value our presence across the state of Tennessee and continue to invest here as it has been a great place to do business. Discrimination has no place in our business or our laws. We strongly oppose any bill that would negatively impact our entire community and the thriving business environment that we currently have. We respectfully ask Gov. Lee to veto it.

Nashville Hospitality Industry: “Nashville is an open, welcoming city that respects and embraces the differences among us, and we believe that our differences make our community stronger. Discriminatory legislation does not reflect the inclusive culture of our city. We are disappointed that some of these discriminatory bills have advanced, harming our city’s reputation as a great place to do business and host conventions. We will continue to work with the city, business leaders and the 450 members in the Tennessee Thrives business coalition who share our commitment to inclusivity. We look forward to further conversations with state leaders about the harmful economic impact of discriminatory bills. Music is the universal language, and everyone is welcome in Music City.”

Nashville Soccer Club: “As a major league sports club approaching our inaugural season in Major League Soccer, we carefully selected diversity and inclusion as two of our core values as an organization. We cannot and do not condone discrimination of any form, or support legislation that explicitly or implicitly allows discrimination against LGBTQ people and their families. Our team, and we believe our city, should be open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, ethnic origin or race, and we stand as proudly with the LGBTQ community as we do with all other communities.”

Postmates: “Postmates continues to be alarmed by the Lee Administration’s anti-LGBTQ agenda, particularly as we consider expanding our presence in the Volunteer State. It is impossible for Tennessee to be a great place to do business while its government imposes policies of exclusion and discrimination. State leaders cannot and will not be able to expect companies like ours to power its economic engines while supporting legislation that undermines our ability to feel welcome in this state unless they commit to a new pathway to include all families & all workers. HB 386 undermines businesses’ ability to recruit top talent and grow in the state by policies that say not all are welcome — and it’s just plain wrong. To our Postmates fleet, our customers, our small business owners, our entire community: we stand with you no matter who you love or who you are, and we will not accept this kind of flagrant hatred.

ServiceSource: “Although our company is headquartered in Colorado, we have a significant presence in Nashville (over 700 employees in the city center) and we were recently made aware of the proposed legislation that would disadvantage our LGBT community members, as well as the open letter to the legislature sponsored by your organization. We at ServiceSource are committed to equality and believe that policies and laws that promote tolerance and equal opportunity are critical not only to business but to society.”

 

Warner Music Group: "WMG is proud of its longstanding presence in Tennessee. The continued success and growth of our business here depends on our ability to recruit and retain a best-in-class, diverse workforce. We often receive questions about whether Tennessee is a welcoming and inclusive place to live for the LGBT community. These bills send a clear message that LGBT artists, songwriters and employees are not welcome.”  

This letter was organized by the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, with support from Freedom for All Americans, GLAAD, and HRC.