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LGBT Rights May Be a Factor in Amazon’s HQ2 Pick. Here’s how

May 1, 2018

Fortune,

Sarah Gray,

April 27, 2018-

Could LGBT rights be a factor in Amazon’s closely-watched selection process for its new headquarters, known as HQ2? An article from the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, suggests this may be the case. “Amazon has quietly made rights for and acceptance of gay and transgender people part of its criteria in choosing a second headquarters,” the paper says, citing two people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Amazon representatives questioned officials in North Carolina about its controversial bathroom bill, which mandated that transgender citizens use the restroom of the gender on their birth certificate, as apposed to how they identify. The law was partially repealed in 2017, but still prohibits local lawmakers from enacting anti-LGBT discrimination laws. An executive at the company also allegedly “groaned” at the mention of proposed legislation in Georgia that would restrict funding for same-sex adoption.

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