Experts and leaders from around San Diego will offer space for the LGBTQ+ community to come together and identify our next steps and calls to action.
Today, in a landmark 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held that employment discrimination against transgender and gay people violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, giving federal employment protections to transgender and gay people.
This historic win is especially significant given that 29 of our 50 states do not currently have state laws banning anti-LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace. Today, LGBTQ people are protected in all states from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Importantly, the Court’s decision soundly rejected the argument that discrimination against LGBTQ people needed to be the primary reason a person was fired; instead, the Court gave broad protection to LGBTQ workers, explaining that a defendant employer cannot avoid liability just by “citing some other factors that contributed to the challenged employment action”. The Court’s reasoning gives employees broad protection from their sexual orientation or gender identity being a factor at all in the decision.
This decision is possible because of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which outlaws discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Today, this law now includes LGBTQ people, who stand on the shoulders of Black and women’s rights leaders who fought for protections that today are extended to include LGBTQ people. In the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis, and this watershed moment in the fight for Black lives, this decision is heartening and gives momentum to the fight for equal rights for all. The Supreme Court’s decision today is a key step forward, building on years of legal precedence, to protect our LGBTQ community from workplace discrimination, but the legal rights of all LGBTQ people won’t be secure until we end the systemic ways that racism not only oppresses and hurts Black people and other people of color. We celebrate this resounding victory for LGBTQ people, and will also let this serve as further inspiration for the work left to be done to ensure all of our full community is treated with dignity, respect, and equality under the law and in our communities.
Join LGBTQ+ community leaders tomorrow for the San Diego LGBTQ+ Day of Decision Virtual Rally to celebrate and talk through this historic decision. Experts and leaders from around San Diego will offer space for the LGBTQ+ community to come together and identify our next steps and calls to action.
San Diego LGBTQ+ Day of Decision Virtual Rally
Tuesday, June 16th at 6:00 pm
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LGBTQ+ community is encouraged to not rally in person, but to join in community through this virtual rally. Sign up here for the link or contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Caroline (Cara) Dessert (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)
Chief Executive Officer - San Diego LGBT Community Center