In 2021, a handful of Amazon employees leave the company on her decision to sell books that suggest children who identify as transgender are mentally ill. Now, a group of employees are protesting the continued sale of those books by disrupting a Pride event at its headquarters in Seattle. According The Washington Post, about 30 members of the No Hate at Amazon organization sprawled on the ground wrapped in trans flags to end the company’s annual Pride flag-raising tradition. One organizer said: ‘Amazon has permanent policies against hate speech in its content and technically they say we don’t sell it.’ But in truth, these controversial books are still listed on his website.
In a petition The group previously circulated to get Amazon to stop selling anti-trans books, specifically naming two titles: Irreversible damage: the transgender craze seduces our girls by Abigail Shrier and Johnny the walrus by American conservative political commentator Matt Walsh. “By continuing to sell and promote anti-trans books and repeating the rhetoric of the anti-trans hate movement, senior management at Amazon has enabled the store we build and operate to be complicit in [the anti-trans] hate movement,” the petition read.
At least one employee who participated in the event left the company this week. Senior software engineer Lina Jodoin explained that it wasn’t just about the sale of these books, but also the response they received from management when they attempted to escalate their concerns. And based on the company’s response to the protest, it will continue to sell those securities.
Amazon spokesman Brad Glasser said The post office in a report:
“As a company, we strongly believe in diversity, equity and inclusion. As a bookseller, we have chosen to offer a very wide range of points of view, including books that enter conflict with corporate values and positions. We believe it’s possible to do both – provide a wide range of viewpoints in our bookstore and support diversity, equity and inclusion.”