Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Anti-LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination

June 15, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement on the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, ruling that federal employment non-discrimination laws protect all LGBTQ employees:

“Today, the Supreme Court has unequivocally affirmed that all Americans, regardless of who you are or whom you love, are protected from discrimination in the workplace under federal law.  This momentous decision is a victory for the LGBTQ community, for our democracy and for our fundamental values of equality and justice for all.

“Yet, the Trump Administration continues to advance an outrageous, hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda that risks the health and well-being of countless LGBTQ Americans and their families.  And in too many places, LGBTQ individuals face continued persecution, harassment and violence, particularly trans women of color who face a disproportionately high rate of homelessness, HIV, sexual assault and murder.  To finally and fully end LGBTQ discrimination, not just in the workplace, but in every place, last year, House Democrats passed the landmark Equality Act.  Now, Leader McConnell must end his partisan obstruction and allow the Senate to vote on this critical legislation.

“As we mark LGBTQ Pride Month and celebrate this great legal victory for freedom and equality, we take great pride in how far we’ve come.  Now, we must rededicate ourselves to continue marching toward progress to combat the forces of hatred and bigotry that still undermine our communities and our nation.  We will not rest until we have secured a brighter, more just and equal future for the LGBTQ community and all Americans.”