LGBTQ groups to travel from NYC to Washington on Oct. 8 for ‘civil disobedience’ action at Supreme Court

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09/21/2019

Several New York-based human rights organizations are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., next month for “a national action with a civil disobedience component” at the U.S. Supreme Court. The purpose of the action is to bring attention to an “attempt to legalize discrimination against our communities, particularly trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming folk,” a statement released by Housing Works, the protest’s organizer, reads. On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for three cases involving discrimination against LGBTQ employees. In what’s being called one of the highest-profile issues of SCOTUS next term — and “one of the biggest days in LGBTQ legal history,” according to Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender rights — the conservative-leaning bench will decide if Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination on the basis of sex, also includes discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

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