"The consequences of how the Court will ultimately rule on today's cases could not be graver-especially for our queer and transgender friends, family, and colleagues. A ruling against the plaintiffs would tear apart two decades of precedent-precedent that confirms that Title VII, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in employment, includes protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
"These cases are about more than jobs. They will signal a clear message from our nation's highest court. In their decisions on these cases, the Justices will definitively tell us whether or not they believe LGBTQ people deserve the same legal protections from discrimination as their cisgender, heterosexual peers. We urge the
"At SIECUS, we work to advance sex education that affirms queer and trans young people so that they can see themselves reflected and valued in the lessons they learn at school. We know that this can have life-saving and life-changing benefits-not only for LGBTQ students, but for all students, regardless of how they identify. Teaching young people that they are all equal will become exponentially more difficult if our country's most powerful court tells them the opposite.
"But we will not stop fighting the Trump administration-and the right wing extremists they've stacked our courts with-in their efforts to eviscerate our civil rights laws and increase discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. And regardless of how this Court ultimately rules, we will keep reminding our young people-especially our queer youth-that they matter."
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