Columbus, OH—Today, the US Supreme Court ruled in a landmark 6-3 civil rights decision that a key provision of the known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBTQ+ workers.
2.8 to 3.9 million LGBTQ+ people live in rural America and research from the Movement Advancement Project found that for many LGBTQ+ people in rural areas, living in a rural area may be just as important to who they are as being LGBTQ+.
The following is a Statement from Anthony Wenndt, Convener of Rural Queer Working Group:
Today’s landmark 6-3 Supreme Court ruling will have lasting impacts for LGBTQIAA++ individuals and families in the workplace and beyond, and constitutes one of the most important advances in queer civil rights in recent history. In America’s rural and small town communities, queer livelihoods and identities are under-valued and discriminatory practices have limited self-expression and the acceptance of queer culture. Today’s decision sets an important precedent for tolerance and equality that could serve to challenge the notion that rural spaces cannot support vibrant, prosperous, and enriching LGBTQIAA++ communities.
The following is a statement from Joe Troop, bluegrass musician and friend of RuralOrganizing.org
Today the Supreme Court ruled that the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, also applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We were all pleasantly shocked by this ruling, as the Supreme Court has sided with popular opinion over the theocratic ideology of this administration. This is a MASSIVE win for the LGBTQ community and goes to say that Tiny Trump and Pippy Pence's little schemes are failing.
The following is a statement from Matthew Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org:
Today’s 6-3 Supreme Court ruling is an historic win for 3 million rural and queer Americans, their families and their allies. It’s the courage of people like Aimee Stephens, Don Zarda, and Gerald Bostock that can change the world. Our thoughts are especially with the family and friends of Donald Zarda and Aimee Stephens, who both passed before they could see justice done. And, thanks to their attorneys who took these cases to the highest court in the land and won.
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