Amazon Staffers Demand Anti-Transgender Book Ban
A number of Amazon employees are protesting the retail giant’s sale of anti-transgender books.
The employees are marching in today’s Pride Parade in Seattle to protest the sale of books such as the 2020 title Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, by Abgail Shrier.
The book claims teenagers identifying as trans is a “trend” linked to mental health issues.
“It’s pretty jarring to see books that are promoting that trans people should not transition in the LGBT book section,” ex-Amazon employee Lina Jodoin, who transitioned two years ago, told Bloomberg. “It just hurts on a personal level.”
Over 600 employees have signed a petition demanding certain books that violate Amazon’s policies against hate speech be removed from sale. Last year, Amazon removed one title, When Harry Became Sally, due to its classification of transgender people as having mental disorders.
Seattle Pride organisers dropped Amazon as a corporate sponsor this year, citing its support of lawmakers and organisations that support anti-LGBTQ legislation.
“We respect that many people care deeply about this topic, and we remain committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all of our 1.6 million employees,” Amazon spokesperson Maggie Sivon said.
“As a company, we believe strongly in diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a bookseller, we’ve chosen to offer a very broad range of viewpoints, including books that conflict with our company’s stated positions.
“We believe that it’s possible to do both—to offer a broad range of viewpoints in our bookstore, and to stand behind our values as a company.
“When reviewing a book against our content guidelines, we consider the specific content of that book and we invest significant time and resources to ensure our guidelines are applied as consistently as possible.”