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US Supreme Court Protects LGBTQ Community

Des Moines, IA (June 15, 2020) – After months of hearings and deliberation, the United States Supreme Court has ruled in a 6-3 vote in Bostock vs Clayton County Georgia that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does protect the LGBTQ community.

Passed into law in 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark civil rights and labor law that outlaws discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Despite these protections, the subject of gender and sexual identity were not included in the discussion of the law when passed. Recent cases in the Supreme Court have attempted to amend Title VII to include gender and sexual identity.

“This ruling places the Supreme Court on the right side of history by protecting the LGBTQ community regardless of who they are or how they identify,” said Nate Monson, Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools. “LGBTQ individuals are part of our community, and we are thrilled to see they are provided the same rights and protections as the demographics already listed in Title VII.”

About Iowa Safe Schools:

The mission of Iowa Safe Schools is to provide safe, supportive, and nurturing learning environments and communities for LGBTQ youth. Iowa Safe Schools is the largest state-wide LGBTQ youth organization in the country. Iowa Safe Schools serves over twenty thousand Iowans annually through education, outreach, and advocacy.

If you would like more information, please contact Connor Ferguson at (515) 971-3474 or connor@iowasafeschools.org.