The struggle for civil rights for the LGBTQ community didn’t end with gay marriage. A lot of people think that the right to marry means gay people are protected in other walks of life, such as housing, education and employment.
We aren’t. Discrimination against gay and transgender employees is legal in many parts of the country, which means an employer can legally fire your son, your daughter, your siblings, or your parent, just for being gay.
SCOTUS is now considering whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies to many millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, and the Trump administration is arguing that it doesn’t. The Trump administration submitted a brief to the Supreme Court arguing that gay workers are not protected by federal civil rights law, exactly one week after the administration argued the same for transgender workers.
The brief was submitted in combined cases concerning a gay man fired from his job as a child welfare services worker by Clayton County, Georgia, and the late Donald Zarda, a gay man fired from his job as a skydiving instructor by New York company Altitude Express.
I have published on constitutional issues affecting the civil rights of gay people, and will be a fierce advocate for legislation such as the Equality Act, which would make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity illegal under existing civil rights law.
Aside from the White House efforts to deny job protection to gay people, it’s no secret that the current environment in Washington is hostile to LGBTQ people. The President has repeatedly narrowed the rights of trans people, including the right to serve in the military, and the White House has rescinded protections for the rights of trans students in federally funded schools. Republicans at every level of government routinely draft legislation to deny gay people rights to basic human needs, like housing, employment healthcare and education. These attacks hurt all of us, but they especially hurt low-income communities of color.
My wife Jill and I have worked tirelessly on this issue, and will continue to fight for what’s right for the LGBTQ community.
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