November 28, 2018 at 10:17 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Ebbin touts benefits of Amazon’s HQ2 for Crystal City
Adam Ebbin, gay news, Washington Blade

HQ2’s Crystal City location is within gay Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin’s (D-Arlington-Alexandria) district. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The new second headquarters for e-commerce giant Amazon that will be moving to the Crystal City section of Arlington, Va. is within the district of gay Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Arlington-Alexandria).

Ebbin said that while he wasn’t directly involved with the negotiating team working with Amazon organized by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Arlington and Alexandria officials, he is fully supportive of Amazon’s plan to move into his district.

Although the development could create some temporary problems such as traffic congestion and an uptick in the price of homes, Ebbin said he believes the overall impact will be highly beneficial to the region and its residents, including LGBT people who are known to work for Amazon in large numbers at its current headquarters in Seattle.

Ebbin said he has no direct knowledge that Amazon considered Northern Virginia’s record of support for LGBT rights as a factor in the pro-LGBT company’s decision to select Crystal City, but he said he is pleased that Amazon and its CEO, Jeffrey Bezos, are strong supporters of LGBT equality.

He noted that Amazon also has a large and robust LGBT employee group.

“It’s pretty clear that Virginia is on a rapid path to LGBT supportive legislation,” Ebbin said. “We have favorable policies from the governor and favorable laws in Arlington and Alexandria,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming all of these employees,” he said, noting that the expected total of 25,000 Amazon employees working in the Crystal City headquarters will arrive over a period of years rather than all at once.

Amazon ended more than a year of speculation and intense competition among cities competing for its new headquarters when it announced on Nov. 13 that it would divide its “HQ2” between Northern Virginia and the Long Island City section of New York City. The announcement said the company would bring 25,000 new jobs to each site.

Arlington and Alexandria officials joined Amazon in renaming the area where the company will be located as National Landing. Although most of the “National Landing” will be in the Crystal City area, some of it will be located in nearby Pentagon City and Potomac Yards, which includes part of Alexandria.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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