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Trans Activist Aimee Stephens Dies

By Charlotte Robinson, May 13, 2020
Aimee Stephens one of the plaintiffs in the trio Supreme Court cases that will determine the future of our LGBTQ employment rights has passed away. Stephens was the first transgender person to bring a civil rights case to the U.S. Supreme Court, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC & Aimee Stephens, in defense of the rights of transgender people. Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National stated, “Aimee Stephens just wanted to continue to do the job she was hired to do, that she was good at & that she was prepared to continue while living as her true gender. It is with heavy hearts that we at PFLAG mourn Aimee’s passing. Her fight will continue as we strive for equality for all, inclusive of sexual orientation & gender identity.” Aimee was fired from her funeral director position at R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes after informing her boss that she was transitioning. In October at a Supreme Court press conference Stephens stated, “When I was fired, it made me mad, to say the least. That’s when it finally hit home that we weren’t treated the same as everybody else & it’s time that somebody stood up & said enough is enough.” Stephens died from long-term kidney disease. The pending Supreme Court cases could determine if the Civil Rights Act of 1964, under Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination in employment will extend to sexual orientation & gender identity. If the Supreme Court votes in favor of the employees this will bring nationwide employment protections for LGBTQ people for the first time in U.S. history. We’re anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court Decision. Aimee Stephens RIP.
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