Recent Rulings that Affect the LGBTQ Community
When it comes to recent legislation and laws that affect the LGBTQ community, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that more legislation is being presented to help protect the rights of the LGBTQ population. The bad news is that there are still many laws being addressed that negatively affect the rights of LGBTQ individuals. As a matter of fact, in this year’s legislative session, a record number of bills were filed that could impact the rights of transgender people. So far, 82 anti-trans legislation bills have been introduced. While progress is being made, there is still room for much concern.
The Battle Against LGBTQ Discrimination
It was only a year ago that the Supreme Court made a landmark decision that barred discrimination against LGBTQ employees in the workplace. His first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to prohibit discrimination at the federal government level. Two appeals courts also rallied to remove bans on transgender students who only want the freedom to use the bathrooms that are aligned with their gender identity.
While we rejoice with the forward progress, there is still much room for concern. For instance, the Supreme Court has indicated its desire to strengthen protection for religious freedom. This is already leading to head-to-head combat in the courtroom. A recent case was settled pertaining to a Catholic charity which chose not to honor the screening of same-sex couples who were potential foster parents. Since the mandate is counter to the religious beliefs of the Catholic church, the courts ruled in their favor landing a blow to same-sex couples and LGBTQ rights.
What About the Equality Act?
The Equality Act has been a landmark work of legislation that helps protect the rights of the LGBTQ community. It prohibits employers, federally funded programs, jury service, credit, and housing sectors from discriminating against an individual based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Equality Act helps to advance the fair treatment for many including LGBTQ people, people of color, women, and even people of faith. It is a win-win for everyone.
Battles Over Bathrooms
Most Supreme Court justices agree that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also protects against discrimination against a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Even though the Act doesn’t explicitly state these classes of people, they are still protected classes. The battle still rages over whether transgender students are allowed to use school bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Legislation is underway that will help settle these issues.
As the fight for bathroom rights continue, federal courts continue striking down laws that prohibit transgender girls from playing women’s sports. Some states sign legislation that require transgender students to play in sports based on the sex they were assigned at birth. So, the battle continues across the states and in the federal courts. Advocacy groups for the LGBTQ community continue to fight for equal rights.
Still Cause for Alarm
Just this year there have been nearly 25 laws approved that limit LGBTQ rights. At least nine states have participated in this atrocity. As an LGBTQ advocate, there are still many arenas to fight in when it comes to legal issues. It becomes more complicated in the various states. Until we win – we press on!
We continue to stand in solidarity for the rights of all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Show your support for the LGBTQ community by displaying the gay pride rainbow. You can order a high-quality bracelet from We Are Pride where we have jewelry, hats, stickers and other items to represent everyone! Make your order today and stand with the LBGTQ community!