Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, upcoming Supreme Court decisions with big implications for LGBTQ communities loom large. The Supreme Court of the United States is currently considering three cases
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, upcoming Supreme Court decisions with big implications for LGBTQ communities loom large.
The Supreme Court of the United States is currently considering three cases that ask whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — which prohibits discrimination based on sex — protects LGTBQ people from discrimination in employment. These cases, heard alongside cases in which abortion rights, immigration, and gun control are also at stake, are the result of concerted efforts by the current administration and anti-LGBTQ organization’s efforts to reverse LGBTQ protections and push back against basic protections for those who are denied opportunity for who they are.
These cases also mark the first time the Supreme Court will rule on the rights of transgender people and the decision will set an important precedent about how trans people are treated under the law.
If the court rules that LGBTQ people are not protected by federal employment laws, 51 percent of LGBTQ workers – those living in the 27 states without explicit protections – will find themselves unprotected against workplace discrimination. Moreover, this ruling could extend beyond the workplace to enshrine legal discrimination in housing, healthcare, education, credit, and more.
To better understand the potential ramifications of the upcoming Supreme Court case decisions, we invite you to join us for a webinar on the subject.
*NOTE: This briefing is intended for funders only.*
This webinar will educate funders on the potential of the cases before the Supreme Court to roll back the progress on hard-won efforts to ensure nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ people and anyone else denied opportunity because of who they are. The panelists will offer concrete funding recommendations and analysis to ensure that funders understand the intersectional nature of the threat posed by the cases currently at the Supreme Court.