Gosh, a lot has happened over the last week! Hopefully, you’ve all seen the Joint Statements we issued this last week and this week and other important happenings that were posted on our social media and on the NCDP website, however just in case here’s the list:
1) Statement with the NCDP and Transgender Caucus on Saturday, June 13 condemning the Trump administration’s roll back of the 2016 Obama health care protections under the ACA that included transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming Americans.
2) Statement with the NCDP, LGBTQ Democrats of NC and the Transgender Caucus on Monday, June 15 about the landmark SCOTUS Ruling that the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which protects workers from sex discrimination, also protect lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming Americans. This landmark and monumental decision is certainly wonderful news, but as we celebrate this victory, let us also not lose sight that our fight is not over! Our LGBTQ+ Black and Brown siblings and communities will still face discrimination from institutionalized and systemic racism and oppression. This ruling doesn’t cover public accommodations or the regulation of multi-use bathrooms and changing rooms, leaving our our Trans siblings open to discrimination, especially here in NC with HB 142 still in place. Also it only applies to employers with 15 employees and greater and in NC, we’re a right to work state, which means an employer can fire an employee at will. That being said, many in the legal community believe that if an LGBTQ+ person is fired in NC solely because they’re LGBTQ+ and they file suit, the SCOTUS Ruling may positively influence the outcome in the courts.
3) On June 18th, SCOTUS blocks Trump’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We don’t have a formal statement on this decision, but still wanted to highlight its significance. This SCOTUS Ruling was another positive decision that happened and was certainly good news for our immigrant community, particularly for the DACA recipients and DREAMERS who identify as LGBTQ+, estimated to be over 75,000 people. If not protected, many of these individuals would be deported to the countries where they immigrated from and it would be sentencing them to face discrimination, prosecution by the government, incarceration or worse, death. We must be vigilant in our fight for immigration reform that provides protections under the law and are not subject to a President like Trump, who has already Tweeted his intent to try to terminate the DACA program again.
LGBTQ Democrats President Ginger Walker stated in her email last week:
I am hopeful, and I truly believe, this moment is our collective moment to finally start to make the changes necessary to bring forth a more perfect Union with Equity, Equality, Freedom and Justice for All! ¡Libertad y Justicia para todos!
We have Everything to Lose and Everything to Gain, so we must tell everyone to VOTE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT…IT DOES!
There are a few upcoming events that we hope you’ve seen posted on social media and our website and hope that you’re planning to attend:
Saturday June 20th at 10am and again at 6pm that same day and on Sunday, June 21st – Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis’ Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering. Here’s the link to register, if you haven’t already registered: Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering
Saturday June 20th at 2pm A Pride Celebration with Cal Cunningham, NC Candidate for US Senate. Flyer is below, and here’s the link to register: https://www.mobilize.us/cunninghamforsenate/event/278562/