Pelosi Joins Democrats in Filing Amicus Brief in Support of Transgender Equality
Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement on a bicameral amicus brief of 156 Members of Congress and 40 Senators in case of Gloucester County School Board v. Gavin Grimm, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to explicitly affirm that discrimination against transgender Americans is prohibited under federal law:
“Today, nearly 200 Members of Congress and Senators filed an amicus brief to honor our oath to protect all Americans, including transgender youth who deserve the chance to attend school without fear of violence or discrimination. The Supreme Court should affirm civil rights for all by ensuring transgender students deserve to be safe in their community and equal access at school. Following President Trump’s utter failure to stand up for vulnerable students and defend all LGBT Americans, Democrats are leading the charge to uphold equality for transgender youth.
“LGBT people have the full protection of the law in school, in the workplace – and everyplace. That’s why the Congress must also pass the Equality Act, to finally end discrimination in employment, education, housing, credit, jury service, and public accommodation for LGBT people by asserting the full power of the Civil Rights Act that guards our democracy.
“No person should suffer discrimination because of who they are or who they love. Standing up for justice and equality means championing the rights of transgender youth. By targeting American communities, including Muslims, immigrants, and LGBT Americans, the Trump Administration continues Republicans’ agenda of discrimination; but the American people deserve better. In the Courts and in the Congress, we must denounce hatred, discrimination, and bigotry in our schools, communities, workplaces and coast to coast across America.”
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