This statement only applies to the corporation called GitLab Inc., not to the free software product called GitLab Community Edition. You can still use any one of the many independent instances running GitLab CE.
A CEO's statement about his company policy doesn't suddenly discredit the work of hundreds of contributors who put years into making GitLab CE.
This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!