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And Justice for All

Posted By Elvira Cortez: A President’s Perspective, Friday, June 19, 2020
Updated: Thursday, June 18, 2020

As many of you know, June is Pride Month, a month to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and create awareness for their continued struggle to achieve equality.  This month we join the community in celebrating a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court, which finally recognized that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ individuals from discrimination and unequal treatment.  Under this decision, the Civil Rights Act now protects LGBTQ employees from being fired or otherwise discriminated against due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. 

The Supreme Court ruling was a culmination of decades of work by activists and academics to obtain the recognition that LGBTQ individuals deserve to be protected from discrimination.  As far back as the 1950s, pioneers such as Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings, and Kay Tobin Lahusen have advocated to protect the rights of LGBTQ individuals and secure equal treatment under the law.  This decision remedies past jurisprudence that refused to recognize LGBTQ rights and bends the arc of the social justice towards progress.

Although this is a significant victory for the LGBTQ+ community, the fight for equality is not over because LGBTQ individuals continue to face discrimination in society, including in the military, housing, and business.  We need to continue to support the LGBTQ+ community in the pursuit of equality.  If you would like to learn more on how you can support our community, please join the LGBTQ Committee. 

 

Elvira Cortez practices business and commercial litigation and employment defense at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP and is the 2019-2020 president of Lawyers Club.

 

Tags:  civil rights  civil rights act  community  equality  LGBTQ+  LGBTQ+ committee  pride month  Supreme Court 

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