This editorial was written in collaboration with Chris Lugo, the executive director of OUT Georgia Business Alliance.
In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue one of the most important rulings to date regarding the status of LGBTQ rights in this country. Two gay men, Donald Zarda of New York and Gerald Bostock of Clayton County, and a transgender woman, Aimee Stephens of Michigan, assert that their respective firings violated the employment protections in Title VII of the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act. Specifically, they have argued that the prohibition of sex discrimination within Title VII covers LGBTQ people because discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity cannot be separated from the long-held precedent that stereotyping based on sex is covered by this law.
Regardless of how the Supreme Court ultimately rules, we know that we have a long way to go before the promise of equal protection under the law becomes a reality for the estimated 420,000 youth and adults who identify as LGBTQ in Georgia. That’s one of the primary reasons that Georgia Equality and the OUT Georgia Business Alliance have formed a partnership. The goal of this partnership is to strengthen the missions of […]