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As Pride Month 2022 comes to an end, the LGBTQIA+ community has so much to be proud of. But we also have much to fear. Conservative state governments are continuing to push anti-LGBTQ+ bills, many targeting transgender people in particular. The United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in its Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision this past Friday. Now, abortion rights will be left up to states, many of which have or plan to severely restrict, if not ban, abortion. The decision has been met with widespread criticism from the public and medical practitioners alike as an abhorrent violation of women’s rights, with exacerbated effects expected for Black women, who already face economic inequality, less access to proper healthcare, and higher maternal mortality rates. The LGBTQIA+ community knows all too well that intersectional communities are often faced with the most serious repercussions when bigotry is transformed into law.
Roe’s demise is yet another layer of oppression the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly those of us with a uterus, will have to face. Not to mention issues that have long plagued our community, such as a severe lack of trans-affirming healthcare, the erasure of those of us who do not identify with binary genders the medical system sees as the norm, and a dearth of LGBTQIA+-affirming medical providers to support us in staying safe and healthy in a world where sexuality is fluid and unique to each patient. We are likewise faced with the fear of what rights will fall next. Will we lose our right to contraception? Will we lose our right to marry? Will our love for each other be criminalized once again? There’s no two ways about it. This is a dangerous time for our community.
First and foremost, your safety and wellbeing are important. If you or a loved one are struggling, you can reach out to LGBTQIA+-affirming organizations such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or The Trevor Project, which provides crisis support to LGBTQIA+ youth.
Second, at CCRLG, our community is seen. Our community is heard. Our community is valued. CCRLG stands with us. CCRLG is committed to representing employees who have been discriminated against based on their legally protected characteristics such as being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, race, gender, disability, age, or religion. Our community deserves, and is entitled to, workplace rights under California and federal laws that CCRLG is committed to enforcing on our behalf.
If your civil rights have been violated in the workplace based on your identification as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or based on any other protected characteristic, please visit our website or call us at (415)-453-4740.