Over 50 of the biggest companies in the United States have signed a pledge to stand with trans people.
Other companies also involved include Facebook, Twitter, the Coca Cola Company, Nike, Apple and Amazon.
Trump wants to remove protections from trans people
The pledge is in response to a leaked memo from the Trump administration.
Protests erupted almost immediately after the news broke.
Crisis support hotline Trans Lifeline have reported a massive increase in callers since the memo was leaked.
They wrote on Twitter: ‘Just today, we’ve gotten 2x the normal number of first-time callers and 4x the number of total callers.
The administration wants to change the definition of gender to male or female based on the genitals of the person at birth. It would then be unchangeable later in life.
Trump has then claimed he wants to ‘protect the country’.
Intersex people are also at risk. Hundreds of thousands of trans people will lose their protections brought in by President Barack Obama.
US companies sign pledge to stand with trans people
But businesses are now biting back.
In a statement, the businesses said they stand with ‘transgender, gender non-binary and intersex people.
‘[We] call for all such people to be treated with the respect and dignity everyone deserves.
‘We oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations.
‘We also fundamentally oppose any policy or regulation that violates the privacy rights of those that identify as transgender, gender non-binary, or intersex.’
The statement adds: ‘Recognizing that diversity and inclusion are good for business, and that discrimination imposes enormous productivity costs (and exerts undue burdens), hundreds of companies, including the undersigned, have continued to expand inclusion for transgender people across corporate America.
‘Currently more than 80% of the Fortune 500 have clear gender identity protections; two-thirds have transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage; hundreds have LGBTQ+ and Allies business resource groups and internal training efforts.
‘Transgender people are our beloved family members and friends, and our valued team members. What harms transgender people harms our companies.
‘We call for respect and transparency in policy-making, and for equality under the law for transgender people.’
The companies are:
Adobe Systems Inc.
Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade
Cisco Systems Inc.
The Coca Cola Company
Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
The Dow Chemical Company
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Hogan Lovells International LLP
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lush Handmade Cosmetics
MGM Resorts International
Ropes & Gray
Royal Bank of Canada
State Street Corporation
Trillium Asset Management