Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that federal law prohibits discrimination based on sex, which also includes gender identity and sexual orientation. As a result, if an employer fires an employee for being transgender or gay, they would be breaking the United States’ civil rights laws.
This is a huge victory for the LGBTQ+ community, as prejudice against employees’ sexual orientations have often led to wrongful terminations. LGBTQ+ workers’ rights are now protected by federal law. While we acknowledge that there is still a long way to go in the fight for equal rights for the entire LGBTQ+ community – especially with the recent violence against Black trans women – this ruling is a victory.
Although it took far too long to happen, it finally did – and that is a cause for celebration.