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Business Opposition to the Discrimination By Design Bills
This letter is in response to the Montana State Legislature moving bills that attack LGBTQ individuals in the state. Please sign on to indicate your opposition and share with fellow business leaders. For any questions or more information about how this letter will be used, contact Shawn Reagor with the Montana Human Rights Network.
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Montana Business Leader Letter Opposing Anti-LGBTQ Bills: Full Text
To the Members of the Montana State Legislature,

The companies and organizations joining this statement are committed to serving Montana by creating jobs,
serving customers, and providing key services in this great state. Laws that encourage discrimination or prevent any
residents, including our families and employees, from accessing medical care or fully
participating in daily life as their true, authentic selves harms our ability to do business. We
strongly embrace diversity and inclusion in our businesses, and we want our elected leaders to
reflect that commitment as well. We’ve established the core values of fairness, equal treatment,
opportunity, and inclusive business practices because they lead to more productive and engaged
employees, increased customer satisfaction, and financial performance, but also because it’s the
right thing to do.

We are deeply concerned by the bills in the Montana Legislature that target LGBTQ
individuals - specifically transgender youth - for exclusion or differential treatment. This slate
of bills include HB112, HB427, SB215, and SB280. They are measures that would ban access to best practice medical care for transgender people,
parental rights, social and family services, student sports, or access to public facilities and encourage discrimination. These bills unnecessarily single out already marginalized groups for more mistreatment,
harassment, and discrimination. No government should authorize discrimination against members of
any community.

As businesses and organizations that support equality for all, we’ve done our part to make sure that our employees
will be protected at work. But these bills would harm our team members and their families as they
navigate daily life and utilize services and opportunities that should be available for everyone.We
know that these laws make it difficult for us to recruit the most qualified candidates for jobs and
place substantial burdens on the families of our employees. Legislation promoting discrimination
directly affects our businesses, whether or not it occurs in the workplace.

We are decision makers who make crucial, complex decisions about where we invest and grow
our organizations. We do business in Montana for several reasons, but for many of us,
it comes down to this: we love this state. We choose to live and work here, and we want to
keep providing good-paying jobs and opportunities to the wonderful people who also live here.
However, we will not compromise our values and stay silent regarding legislation that will negatively
impact our employees, our customers, our competitiveness, and our communities.

We call on public leaders in business and elected office to oppose discriminatory legislation and
ensure fairness and safety for all Montanans. As job creators who are constantly taking the pulse
of economic viability of our state, we reject legislation that stifles opportunity and optimal financial
growth by telling some people that they don’t belong here as their full, talented selves.

Thank you.

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