The Court’s ruling stating that elements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covering sex discrimination apply to gay and transgender rights is a victory for LGBTQ+ equality and will also lead to better health outcomes, as LGBTQ+ patients may feel freer to speak frankly with their doctors without fear of workplace reprisal
WASHINGTON (June 15, 2020) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) welcomed a Supreme Court of the United States ruling issued earlier today ruling that elements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covering sex discrimination also protect gay and transgender employees from discrimination at work. The ruling came in a 6-to-3 decision led by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who authored the majority opinion, which, according to the New York Times , covered two cases: one, filed by a transgender woman in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., No. 17-1618; the other, filed by a gay man in Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623.
“In our politically charged landscape today, news of the Supreme Court ruling this morning upholding and clarifying the rights of gay and transgender Americans to be free from discrimination in the workplace is truly welcome and a long overdue step toward true equality,” said Michael Weinstein, president of AHF. “At the end of the day and on a very basic human level, this ruling should also lead to better health outcomes for LGBTQ+ and trans communities, as patients, particularly those covered by an employer’s medical insurance plan, may feel freer now to speak frankly with their doctor or medical provider about their health issues and concerns without fear of workplace reprisal. We applaud the Court and Justice Gorsuch, in particular, for this ruling.”
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