Thursday, June 17

LGBTQ communities defend their rights in Pride Month

Despite the achievements of LGBTQ communities to guarantee their rights, there are still judicial and legislative disputes to be defined

CELEBRATION. A member of the LGBTQ community walks with a flag in front of the Supreme Court, in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2020. | Photo: EFE / Shawn Thew.

The LGBTQ community celebrates Pride Month in June, but also makes visible the discrimination they have faced for decades. Currently groups and activists highlight their efforts to expand their rights and prevent anti-transgender bills promoted by conservatives from succeeding.

Why does it matter?

LGBTQ groups work for inclusion and equal opportunities for these minorities, who for decades have fought for their rights, in different areas, from religious, labor and even educational.


Every June, Pride Month commemorates the riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, which began on June 28, 1969 and are generally recognized as the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

Pride Month also celebrates several landmark rulings by the United States Supreme Court that upheld LGBTQ rights and equality achieved in the country: including decisions that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, which guaranteed same-sex couples the right to marry; and it was stated that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ employees from discrimination “on the basis of sex”, in 2020.

Whats Next?

The fight for the rights of LGBTQ communities is not over. The Justice Department, in a court filing Tuesday, June 8, said it can uphold a religious exemption from federal civil rights law that allows federally funded religious schools to discriminate against LGBTQ students, a move that surprised people. activists.

40 LGBTQ students from conservative religious colleges and universities sue the government for its role in funding schools with discriminatory policies.

Schools say they have a First Amendment right to promote traditional religious beliefs about sexuality and gender.

“What this means is that the government is now aligning itself with anti-LGBTQ hatred to vigorously advocate for an exemption that everyone knows causes severe harm to LGBTQ students,” questioned Paul Carlos Southwick, director of the Exemption Accountability Project. Religious.

Official voice

On his first day in office, Joe Biden issued a blanket executive order that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination in schools, medical facilities, workplaces, and other areas of American life. But in practice this is challenging.

“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the bathroom, locker room or school sports,” Biden noted in his decree.

The amount

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reported that in the United States they have introduced 250 anti-LGBTQ bills this year, and 35 prevent transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming care.

Find out more: Pride Month events to focus on rejecting anti-transgender laws

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