31 states fail to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Surprisingly, nine of those states are home to 11 of the 20 finalist cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters.

It is shocking that Amazon would consider locating HQ2 with its over 50,000 employees in a state that doesn’t protect LGBT people or their families. In these nine states, it is legal to fire someone, deny them housing, or refuse them service just because of who they are or who they love.

Amazon has been a champion for the LGBT community as early supporters of the Equality Act, backers of marriage equality campaigns, and active voices against legislation that discriminates against transgender people in states across the country. CEO Jeff Bezos, an HRC National Equality Award Recipient, has stated, “We want our employees – and the communities where we operate – to embrace that we’re all human, we’re all different, and we’re all equal. At Amazon, equality is a core value for us, and it is simply right.”

We hope that Amazon will live up to its strong track record of advocacy for equal rights and say NO GAY? NO WAY! Ask Amazon to ensure it will place HQ2 in a state that protects all of its employees, customers, and their families from discrimination.

“We believe that diversity and inclusion are good for our business, but our commitment is based on something more fundamental than that. It's simply right.” - Amazon's Diversity Statement

In each of these states, there are no comprehensive legal protections against firing someone, denying them housing, or refusing them service because they are LGBT.