Indra Nooyi: Pat McCrory, Gov. Of North Carolina, Should Repeal LGBT Law
Indra Nooyi and Pat McCrory are not seeing eye to eye at the moment. Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, Inc., has sent a lengthy letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory demanding that he repeal a new law that discriminates against the LGBT community.
Indra Nooyi asked Pat McCrory to kill HB2, a recent bill that was put into law and discriminates against LGBT people. Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, Inc., along with more than 120 top executives have now asked North Carolina‘s Governor Pat McCrory to repeal the law, according to The Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.
HB2 is a law that requires people, who use multi-stall public restrooms to use the one that corresponds with their biological sex – which implies that Caitlyn Jenner or Laverne Cox would have to use the men’s restroom if they were in a North Carolina restaurant or movie theater. Nooyi, who holds the annual shareholder meetings of her company in North Carolina, said in the letter:
“I was taken aback by the legislature’s recent action in passing HB2, as well as your decision to sign it into law so quickly. ..the law is completely inconsistent with the way we treat members of the PepsiCo family; is at odds with our company’s historic experience in North Carolina; and is contrary to our values as a company….the law impedes our progress toward equality.”
New Bern pharmacist Caleb Bradham launched Pepsi-Cola in North Carolina, in the 1890s. It is not known if Nooyi plans to move the event to another state, but if McCrory does not repeal the law when the state legislature reconvenes later this month, it can bid adieu to Google, District of Columbia, Minnesota, and the NCAA.
Google said it will stop investing in North Carolina startup businesses because they “are not comfortable deploying dollars into startups there until the voters there fix this.” The District of Columbia, Boston’s city council, the states of New York and Connecticut have banned government-connected travel to North Carolina.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said:
“I have spoken to North Carolina’s governor about the state’s new law excluding LGBT people from antidiscrimination protections, making clear if it remains in place it will affect the state’s chances to host major college athletic events.”
What are your thoughts on this anti-LGBT law?