Apple signs open letter opposing LGBTQ discrimination bills

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Apple employees marching in San Francisco's Pride parade.
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Apple is one of 40 companies to sign an open letter published Wednesday by the Human Rights Campaign. The letter protests U.S. bills that will target the LGBTQ community — in particular trans people.

One such bill is the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act. This was passed last week by the Alabama Senate in Tim Cook’s home state. It would make it a felony for doctors to prescribe puberty-blockers or hormones to minors. Companies signing the letter say that legislation such as this does not reflect their values.

Wanda Sykes’ LGBTQ docuseries lands on Apple TV+

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Wanda Sykes is coming to Apple TV+.
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Apple TV+ added a new docuseries to its roster of upcoming content after striking a deal with actress and comedian Wanda Sykes’ production company this week.

Visible: Out on Television is set to debut on Apple TV+ on February 14, 2020. The five-part series will examine how television shaped the LGBTQ movement and vice-versa and will include a lot of familiar faces you’ll probably recognize.

LGBTQ employees want Google kicked out of SF Pride parade

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Apple employees marching in the SF Pride parade.
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Some of Google’s LGBTQ+ employees have petitioned the San Francisco Pride board of directors to kick the search engine giant out of the SF Pride parade slated for this weekend.

The Google employees posted an open letter this morning saying they’ve spent countless hours trying to get Google to improve policies and practices regarding the treatment of LGBTQ+ persons, but the company has done nothing. Even though they might get in trouble for writing the letter, nearly 100 employees signed it, urging the parade to reject Google’s failure to act.

Pride comes in new faces with watchOS update

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Pride has its range of styles.
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Apple Watch wearers now have a couple of style options on how to show LGBTQ Pride, including a new face with thicker threads of color and a choice of analog watch hands.

The Pride face options became available this morning when Apple released watchOS 5.2.1.

Apple gets top marks for workplace equality

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Apple continued a long string of high scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
Apple continued a long string of high scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
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Apple received the highest possible score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index. This means it took steps to provide greater equity for LGBTQ workers and their families.

It’s one of 571 businesses earning the CEI’s top score of 100, meeting new and higher benchmarks.

Tim Cook is ready to rock LoveLoud fest – with wise words

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will introduce the band Imagine Dragons Satuday at the LOVELOUD Festival in Utah.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook will be among the speakers this Saturday at the second LoveLoud Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The music festival is staged by the LoveLoud Foundation, which was started in 2017 by Dan Reynolds, lead singer of pop band Imagine Dragons. The fest began as a way to promote acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.