Apple has become the first tech company to speak out in opposition against Donald Trump’s order to revoke the transgender bathroom guidance in schools whereby trans students are able use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
“We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind [transgender student’s] rights and protections,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement.
“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals.”
Apple was also one of more than 100 companies that urged North Carolina’s government to withdraw a law that banned people from using a public bathroom that didn’t correspond to their gender at birth.
President Obama had threatened to pull funding for schools who did not comply with his guidance. However, Trump has pulled the plug on the decision by saying public schools should have the authority to make their own decisions on the matter.
Apple has previously campaigned over the transgender bathroom issue, signing an amicus brief back in 2016 to support the repeal of a North Carolina law that prevented transgender people entering public bathrooms that were not of the gender listed on their birth certificate.