GLSEN Applauds Historic Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
If confirmed, Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve as a Justice in the U.S. Supreme Court
March 1, 2022
Statement on the Historic Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court
“President Joe Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court is a hopeful sign for communities that experience the greatest marginalization, including LGBTQ+ and BIPOC youth who are under attack in state legislatures across the country. If confirmed, Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve as a Justice in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judge Jackson’s extensive background across the legal spectrum from a federal appellate judge, a federal district court judge, to a federal public defender speaks to her commitment in protecting our civil and human liberties. In the fight for justice for LGBTQ+ communities, the lives of our most vulnerable, especially trans and nonbinary youth, may need the highest rule of law to secure their protections. The U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges and Bostock v. Clayton County is an important step towards equality for LGBTQ+ Americans and most importantly, provides a vision for our nation’s LGBTQ+ youth of a more hopeful and equitable future. And with Judge Jackson on the highest bench in the land, we know there’s a qualified defender for LGBTQ+ protections on our side.
The institution of education is essential to a healthy democracy and GLSEN recognizes Judge Jackson’s unique perspective and personal connection to our public school system, as a child of public school teachers and administrators. Judge Jackson has shown her commitment to fair and impartial justice and, if confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, all youth, especially those who experience the greatest marginalization, can have more hope for a future where they can thrive and be themselves without the fear of discrimination, bullying, or erasure.
GLSEN applauds Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination as the first Black woman serving in the U.S. Supreme Court and strongly urges her confirmation without hesitation.”