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Nebraska Competes: Businesses Urge U.S. Senators to Pass LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

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Dear Senator Deb Fischer:

As the leaders of businesses in Nebraska, we’re committed to ensuring that our employees, customers, and their family members feel safe and welcome everywhere we operate. But a lack of express and enduring comprehensive nondiscrimination protections at the federal level and specifically here in Nebraska leaves LGBTQ people vulnerable in a wide range of areas. The landscape is challenging to navigate and is unnecessarily untenable, especially as a bipartisan supermajority of Americans, including 73% of Nebraskans, support nondiscrimination protections. 

Enacting these protections at the federal level would guarantee all people basic freedoms like the ability to rent or own a home, earn a living, and participate fully in the community. That’s why we respectfully call on Nebraska’s U.S. Senators to join with their colleagues and work toward the bipartisan passage of comprehensive federal legislation that protects LGBTQ people from discrimination. 

The development would go hand in hand with our state’s focus on innovation and inclusion, outlined clearly through the launch of Blueprint Nebraska. Nebraska is poised to be a perfect home state for youth, talent, investment, and commerce, but to achieve our ambitious goals of attracting young people to the state and creating new jobs, inclusive nondiscrimination protections are critical. 

Such protections would eliminate one major worry for young knowledge workers – the idea that a state is not welcoming to LGBTQ people – and help businesses of all sizes recruit and retain talent. Polling shows that a supermajority of Millennials want to see nondiscrimination for themselves and their peers – and by 2030, 75% of the workforce will be millennials. Other studies consistently show that nondiscrimination boosts productivity and reduces employee turnover, by helping LGBTQ people feel like they can be themselves at work and in the community. 

Equal opportunity under the law is essential to ensuring that our diverse economy and workforce can reach their full potential, in turn helping Nebraska compete as an even better place for business.

Sincerely,

Nebraska Competes Coalition (69 members):

A Novel Idea Bookstore

Adrenaline Sports Marketing

Audubon Nebraska

BCom Solutions

BLIXT

Boys Town

Bozell

Bridges to Hope

CEDARS Youth Services

Center For People In Need

CenterPointe

CIO Wealth Strategies

CLEANEST BY FARR LLC

Daycos

DLR Group

DoMore Consulting Company

Elevate Omaha

enCourage Advocacy Center

Family Health Services, Inc.

Fiedler Law Firm, PLC

Firespring

Friedman Law Offices PC LLO

Heartland Family Service

History Nebraska (Nebraska History Museum)

Hudl

Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary

Immigrant Legal Center

J. Brasch Co., LLC

KidGlov

Kindred Psychology

Koenig|Dunne, PC, LLO

Lincoln Commission on Human Rights

Lincoln Community Foundation

Lincoln Public Schools

LUX Center for the Arts

Madonna's Wedding Belle

Mary Kay Hansen Law & Mediation

Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

Maxwell

Medicap Pharmacy

Mid America Casing Supply, LLC.

Mud Mile Communications

Nebraska Appleseed

Nebraska Children's Home Society

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

Open Harvest Co-op Grocery

Pacha Soap

Pearl Street Counseling, LLC

Planned Parenthood North Central States

Principal

Retail Aware

Ricardo's Mexican Restaurant

Signature Performance Inc.,

Solstice & The Veil

Spreetail

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

Stubbs Chiropractic

Tamayta

TEAM Software

Telesis, Inc (Empyrean Brewing Co, Fireworks Restaurant, Lazlo's Brewery & Grill)

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

The Mill Coffee & Tea

The Scoular Company

The Sequel Bookshop LLC

Union Pacific

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Verdis Group

WP Engine

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