The Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina have sent a letter to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory urging the repeal of HB-2, the anti-LGBT law quickly enacted at the end of March.
The letter begins, "We write with concerns about legislation you signed into law this week, House Bill 2, which has overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination across North Carolina. Put simply, HB 2 is not a bill that reflects the values of our companies, of our country or even the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians.
"We are disappointed in your decision to sign this discriminatory legislation into law. The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business. This is not a direction in which states move when they are seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development. We believe that HB 2 will make it far more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and retain the nation's best and brightest workers and attract the most talented students from across the country. It will also diminish the state's draw as a destination for tourism, new businesses and economic activity."
Among the signatories are the following hospitality and meetings leaders:
John H. Graham IV, president and CEO, American Society of Association Executives;
Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder and CTO, Airbnb;
Brian Chesky, CEO, Airbnb;
Mike DeFrino, CEO, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants;
Joe Gebbia, co-founder and chief product officer, Airbnb;
Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corp.;
Steve Joyce, CEO, Choice Hotels International;
Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber;
Elie Maalouf, CEO, the Americas, InterContinental Hotels;
Tom Mangas, CEO, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide;
Hari Nair, vice president and general manager, Orbitz.com & CheapTickets.com;
Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide;
Doug Parker, chairman and CEO, American Airlines;
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association;
Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International;
Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO, Yelp;
Ed Black, President and CEO, Computer & Communications Industry Association; and
Ken Wasch, president, Software & Information Industry Association.
Other prominent executives who put their names on the letter include filmmakers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Find the letter here.