LGBTQ Rights Movement Secures Employment Non-Discrimination Protections At The Supreme Court

Jose Munoz Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court released a 6-3 ruling affirming federal discrimination law prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people in the workplace.  

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream, said:

“Today’s historic decision makes it clear that employment discrimination against LGBTQ folks, like me, is against the law. This decision is welcomed good news, but our work is not finished. Until all trans and queer people are guaranteed the freedom to live and thrive without fear of being killed or targeted by police, ICE or CBP, our work continues.

Just last month Tony McDade, a transgender Black man was killed by police in Florida. We aren’t free until all of us are free. The rights of all LGBTQ people will not be secure until we address the real systemic issues that keep Black and brown trans people as those most marginalized. Our nation must address the ways racism perpetuates discrimination and violence against Black people, specifically Black trans women. 

Just yesterday, thousands of people in Brooklyn gathered for a protest to defend Black trans lives. As a queer undocumented woman of color, seeing people taking to the streets in the millions is giving me hope in this moment that we can bring about a change for all LGBTQ people, but especially for our Black and brown trans siblings. We must follow the lead of Black leaders in this moment demanding that we defund the police. Only then can we truly make the unwavering commitment that Black trans lives matter!” 

Monserrat Padilla, Co-Director of Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, said:

“Growing up being undocumented and LGBTQ, I was often told by society that I needed to go under the radar so that I wouldn’t fall into the pipelines of deportation, discrimination and violence. When I had the courage to live unapologetically and began my transition to best represent that gender identity I know to be, the fear of workplace discrimination is what kept me waiting to find the right time and the right place which would ensure my livelihood. 

Today’s Supreme Court ruling tells thousands of Americans, regardless of immigration status, that the waiting time is over, and that justice is on our side. Today, as LGBTQ immigrants, we can hold our heads a little higher knowing that it’s impossible to go under the radar when you are this fabulous. Live your truth, without fear of discrimination in the workplace.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.