SCOTUS Decision Sparks Community to Continue the Fight
Overjoyed doesn’t really cover it! On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States of America affirmed that I, a retired USAF Officer/Pilot who voluntarily served 22 years to protect and defend the constitution, who happens to be transgender, is actually protected from work place discrimination under Title VII of the civil rights act.
The past several years have been like walking through a dark tunnel as the current White House and Administration has systematically tried to erase transgender people like myself. The most recent actions to erase protections for LGBTQ+I people in the arena of healthcare treatment, by changing Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health and Human Services Regulation, and policy directives on civil rights protects so they do not cover LGBTQ+I people, is just the latest dark move. With this Title VII decision, SCOTUS has opened a ray of brilliant light, a ray of hope to me, the broader transgender community, and the LGBTQ+I community at large, that we belong as Americans, and at least in employment, we are entitled to equal protection under the laws of the United States!
I am celebrating and rejoicing, but only for a short while, as much work is left to be done in the civil liberties arena. Racial justice and equality, social justice and equality for LGBTQ+I, and social justice for other marginalized communities, must be sought after! We must soak up the ray of light, be enriched and empowered to continue the fight!
Written by Randi Robertson