US Tech giants, including Google and Apple, have come out in support of the transgenders after President Donald Trump banned the community from serving in the country’s military, according to a media report. Announcing the decision on Twitter, Trump yesterday said the military would not “allow or accept” transgender service members, reversing a major last year’s decision of his predecessor Barack Obama. Tech leaders reacted quickly in opposition to Trump’s transgender ban in the military yesterday, with a series of tweets and Facebook posts. “I am grateful to the transgender members of the military for their service. #LetThemServe,” said Google’s Indian-origin CEO Sundar Pichai.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also expressed his support, saying, “We are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back. #LetThemServe”. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed his support in a post. “Everyone should be able to serve their country — no matter who they are,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.
Tech leaders, in tune with their young and largely liberal workforces, have been vocal advocates for gay rights in past national debates, USA Today reported. When North Carolina passed a sweeping anti-LGBT law last year, Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech companies said it deepened discrimination. Google called the law “misguided and wrong” in a tweet.