Subcommittee Requests Trump Administration Reverse LGBTQ+ Discrimination Policies in Light of Bostock v. Clayton County
Washington, D.C. (Aug. 19, 2020)—Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent letters to the Department of Labor, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development requesting that they reevaluate their policies and rulemakings that allow for discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County.
“These policies and rulemakings significantly undercut the civil rights and liberties of LGBTQ+ people. In Bostock, the Supreme Court ruled that prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of sex includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,” Chairman Raskin wrote to the agencies. “The Department, therefore, should immediately reverse its systematic refusal to enforce LGBTQ+ rights.”
Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, all four agencies have taken steps to undermine protections for LGBTQ+ people in the United States. For example:
In Bostock, the Supreme Court ruled that prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of sex include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Anti-discrimination projections on those bases have been consistently undermined by the Trump Administration.
The Court’s clear affirmation of LGBTQ+ rights should prompt an examination of the Administration’s unprecedented expansion of religious liberty exemptions to non-discrimination requirements.
For these reasons, the Subcommittee requested that the Departments provide written plans by September 2, 2020, that identify these discriminatory policies and the steps that the Departments will take to reevaluate and alter them.
Click here to read today’s letter to the Department of Labor.
Click here to read today’s letter to the Department of Education.
Click here to read today’s letter to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Click here to read today’s letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.