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Supreme Court upholds workplace protections for LGBTQ+ people

This morning, the United States Supreme Court delivered a historic ruling that upholds workplace protections for LGBTQ+ people. This decision affirms that firing someone for the sexual orientation or gender identity is against the law. This important ruling comes during widespread protests against police brutality and anti-Black racism, reminding us that the rights of LGBTQ+ people won’t be fully realized until we end systemic anti-Black racism and dismantle white supremacy. The protections that were upheld today are based on the 1964 Civil Rights Act⁠—legislation that was fought for and won by the hundreds of thousands of Black Americans protesting racism across the United States. This history clearly demonstrates how intertwined all of our rights are. In order to advance LGBTQ+ rights, we must also work to dismantle the systems that continue to marginalize Black, Indigenous and people of color. Despite this ruling upholding protections against workplace discrimination, it’s still legal to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in federally funded hospitals, colleges, and adoption agencies. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s scary to know that LGBTQ+ people can still be denied the medical care they need. Discrimination also remains legal in public places like hotels and restaurants, and Black LGBTQ+ people still face disproportionate discrimination throughout their lives. Until our laws remedy systemic racism and ensure protections against discrimination for all people, our pursuit of legal equality will remain...

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Statement by Asexual Outreach on Anti-Black Racism and White Supremacy

The murder of George Floyd is a painful reminder that anti-Black racism and white supremacy remain ever-present in our society. The immense police brutality in response to recent protests makes the importance of the #BlackLivesMatter movement abundantly clear. When hatred and violence so routinely claim the lives of Black people, we must speak out. To stay silent is to endorse the status quo. Our organization considers intersectionality to be a core value, and yet, it is clear that we must go further in making explicit commitments to fight anti-Black racism and white supremacy. Working in countries that were founded and built on the oppression and exploitation of those who are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color means that we can only be effective when we recognize and work to dismantle systemic anti-racism. We know that racism permeates our communities, and we know that aces and aros of color face heightened discrimination in our community spaces and in broader society. Our organization is committed to fighting systemic racism and to uplifting the voices and experiences of those most affected by it. Today, as always, we steadfastly believe that #BlackLivesMatter.   Signed, The Board of Directors of Asexual...

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