Amazon’s annual Pride celebration event at its Seattle headquarters was interrupted yesterday by a staged ‘die-in’ by employees protesting the company’s continued sale of transphobic books. As The Washington Post and elsewhere report, about 30 workers affiliated with a group called No Hate at Amazon lay on the ground wrapped in trans flags as representatives issued statements both in support of their fellow LGBTQ allies and in their grievances with Amazon’s executive branch.
“We are here because Amazon let us down. We recognize the tireless work of workers who use Glamazon as a force for good and who make events like today’s flag raising possible. We believe in our fellow employees. We believe that you are on our side”, they explained before inviting their colleagues to join them in the demonstration.
Although Amazon has long publicly supported LGBTQ rights, it continues to sell many books and publications deemed virulently transphobic by members of the queer community, such as a thinly veiled anti-trans children’s statement written by conservative troll Matt Walsh. , and others that refer to LGBTQ. identities as a “mental illness”.
Documented hypocrisy — In their speech, representatives of No Hate at Amazon explained that they had no problem with free speech or differing sociopolitical opinions, but to draw the line at the sale of books actively inducing harm. and pressuring LGBTQ communities to shut up. The band cited a doxxing campaign of concerned trans employees pushed by Walsh and his fans.
Despite being publicly named in mainstream conservative media, Amazon reportedly did next to nothing to address the issue. As such, No Hate at Amazon explained that trans employees “resigned out of fear for their safety because Amazon failed to take the necessary steps to protect them.”
“We sincerely appeal to your empathy and humanity. We agree that it is useful to represent a wide range of different and opposing viewpoints. We believe in democracy and diversity as much as any of you do,” they said. “We call for an end to the sale of content that causes such egregious harm. We demand a workplace where we feel safe and free from discrimination.
Supporters are urged to sign the group’s ongoing petition calling on Amazon executives to craft better policies that ensure safety and a true alliance with the queer community.
“There is a direct link between the hateful transphobic rhetoric that Amazon is profiting from, the unprecedented anti-trans legislation across the United States, and the violent and often deadly physical attacks that so many in our community face,” said the band.