The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers in the LGBTQ community on June 15. The 6-3 ruling went against President Donald Trump’s administration, which argued that Title VII discrimination based on sex does not extend to sexual orientation and gender identity.
The SCOTUS ruling was just days after the Trump administration overturned the Obama-era regulation which prohibited discrimination in health care services for transgender patients on June 13. This action took place a day after the four-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a well-known LGBTQ club in Orlando, Florida which left 50 people killed such as perpetrator Omar Mateen, and 53 injured on June 12, 2016.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, support the Supreme Court’s decision to protect LGBTQ workers and believe that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity does not define their work ethic. However, we do not agree with the Trump administration’s actions to take away health care rights for transgender people, especially during Pride Month and around the anniversary of one of the deadliest incidents in the United States.
We also would like to show our support to everyone in the LGBTQ community during Pride Month. We recognize that East Carolina University is home to staff and students of all races, religion, gender and sexual orientations and we would like to share our appreciation for each and every one of them who are part of the LGBTQ community.