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NEA President responds to Supreme Court LGBTQ decision

Landmark decision recognizes far-reaching protections for LGBTQ educators and students

WASHINGTON - June 15, 2020 -

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, also applies to LGBTQ people.


“What the U.S. Supreme Court said today is that anywhere sex discrimination is prohibited in federal law or the constitution, LGBTQ discrimination is prohibited. The message is plain and simple: Our LGBTQ educators and students matter. Full stop.


“This means that educators can no longer be fired at work for who they love or who they are. And since LGBTQ discrimination is sex discrimination under employment discrimination law, it also follows that federal laws proscribing sex discrimination in education and health care also prohibit LGBTQ discrimination. This means that our LGBTQ students will also be protected under federal law from discrimination at school.


“NEA is proud to have led a broad coalition including employer groups that filed a brief in support of LGBTQ rights, but it is even prouder of the LGBTQ educators and students who endured discrimination yet continued to stand up to fight for themselves, their co-workers and their students. There is so much left to be done for full LGBTQ equality, but today is a momentous day, and we celebrate with pride and honor all those who fought to make this moment a reality.”


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