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posted Friday, October 26, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 43
HRC: Trump solicitor general doubles down on bigotry at Supreme Court in attempt to erase Trans people
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HRC: Trump solicitor general doubles down on bigotry at Supreme Court in attempt to erase Trans people

WASHINGTON, DC - [On October 24], the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to news that Trump's solicitor general, Noel Francisco, argued to the Supreme Court that civil rights protections banning sex discrimination in the workplace do not cover transgender employees, just days after the New York Times revealed that the Trump-Pence White House is attempting to redefine 'sex' across the federal government in order to justify its decision to refuse to protect transgender people under federal civil rights law.

'Time and time again, federal circuit courts have ruled that discriminating against an individual based on their gender identity is form of sex discrimination - which is prohibited under a wide range of federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,' said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. 'The Trump-Pence administration is continuing down a destructive path that will put transgender people at further risk of discrimination and violence. For the Department of Justice to conveniently ignore significant legal precedent is deeply disturbing.'

The case before the court involves a transgender woman who was fired by a funeral home when she informed her supervisor that she is transgender. Francisco's filing with the Supreme Court is at odds with numerous circuit court decisions and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's interpretation of federal law.

On [October 21], the New York Times reported that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning to release regulations narrowly defining 'sex' in an anti-transgender way that guts enforcement of existing civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. The administration's plans are in direct conflict with a growing trend in federal court decisions affirming that sexual orientation and gender identity are covered under our nation's civil rights laws, which prohibit discrimination based on 'sex.' This is the latest effort in a consistent, multipronged campaign by the Trump-Pence White House over the past two years to undermine the rights and welfare of LGBTQ people.

The Human Rights Campaign is calling on the American people to send a clear message to the Trump-Pence White House in November by voting for candidates that fully support LGBTQ rights and will work to pass the Equality Act.

The Equality Act would finally add clear, comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people to our nation's civil rights laws. In addition to having bipartisan support in Congress with 246 cosponsors, 117 major corporations have also joined the HRC's Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Discrimination is a real and persistent problem for far too many LGBTQ Americans. HRC polling has found that nearly two-thirds of self-identified LGBTQ Americans report experiencing discrimination.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

Courtesy of the HRC

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