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  1. Blog
  2. Diversity
  3. June 17, 2020

10 Funny, Heartwarming & Cutting Tweets Celebrating LGBTQ Employment Rights

Following the landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia

Woman celebrating LGBTQ pride
Photo courtesy of Brett Sayles

Employees who are gay and transgender are now officially protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination at work “because of sex.”

On June 15, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, which consisted of three individual employment cases. In each, an employer had terminated a long-time employee after that person revealed they were gay or transgender. A 6-to-3 ruling, in a court with a conservative majority, no less, granted the plaintiffs, and people all over the U.S. who identify as LGBTQ, a win.

For half a century, judges have interpreted Title VII’s wording very strictly, taking “because of sex” to mean that companies could not treat women worse than men and men worse than women. That’s it.

This has, for too long, left LGBTQ employees unprotected.

Organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union have fought for the expanded and, frankly, more relevant interpretation for decades. As James Esseks of the ACLU told The Washington Post: “The Supreme Court’s clarification that it’s unlawful to fire people because they’re LGBTQ is the result of decades of advocates fighting for our rights. The court has caught up to the majority of our country, which already knows that discriminating against ­LGBTQ people is both unfair and against the law.”

There’s more work to be done, of course, but we can still take this moment to celebrate. Here are a few tweets that captured the mood of the day—some are validating, some are bittersweet, and some are, let's say, cheeky.

10 funny, heartwarming & cutting tweets celebrating equal rights for LGBTQ employees

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