Rudy Oeftering, a successful business owner and lifelong Republican, is urging members of his party to back commonsense nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in his home state of Texas, and around the country. As an out gay man, Rudy has held many leadership roles within his party and has worked to convince his fellow Republicans to embrace LGBTQ people, something he argues is in line with conservative values.
“For our state to continue to be successful, we must continue to be a competitive state, to do that we also must be a place where people will want to move. Businesses like a fair and inclusive environment. You have talented people making permanent decisions about where they’re going to have a career, and we don’t want them to cross Texas off the list because our state is perceived as discriminating against their friends and their families and co-workers. Look at the trajectory of who gets included in our society: Where in American history have we ever gone wrong by including more people and doing our best to treat everyone fairly?”