1 Month Since LGBTQ SCOTUS Ruling!

Telling Congress to Finish the Job on LGBTQ Protections

By Aaron Ridings, Director of Public Policy (He/Him/His)

July 15 marks exactly one month since the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling affirming that existing civil rights law should protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination.

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And over the last month, it’s become abundantly clear: This ruling isn’t enough to deter members of the Trump Administration or future Administrations from doubling down in attacks on LGBTQ+ students.

From policies that seek to prohibit transgender athletes from competing in high school sports to denying basic non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ+ students, the policies of this administration are putting LGBTQ+ students at risk – and underscoring the urgent need for clear, explicit protections for LGBTQ+ people written into federal law.

That’s why we need Congress to pass the Equality Act, which would establish federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in housing, employment, education, credit, public spaces, federally funded programs, and jury service.

Will you send a message to your Senators letting them know you’re counting on them to pass the Equality Act to protect LGBTQ+ students? Click here to send a message now.

Right now, some members of the Senate may think that last month’s Supreme Court ruling was enough – and that LGBTQ+ people, including students and educators, are now afforded the protections we need.

That’s where we come in: If enough GLSEN supporters take action today, we can send a clear signal to the Senate that the push for LGBTQ+ protections didn’t end at the Supreme Court – and that all eyes are now on the Senate to ensure explicit federal protections for LGBTQ+ people.

The Equality Act has already passed in the House. Help make sure your Senators know that LGBTQ+ students across the country need them to pass this lifesaving bill in the Senate too.

Tell your Senators: It’s time to pass the Equality Act to ensure full equality for LGBTQ+ people under federal law.

Basic protections for LGBTQ+ educators and students shouldn’t be at the whim of the Trump Administration or any future administration – they should be a permanent fixture in federal law.

Let’s make sure the Senate hears our voices today.