On Tuesday, October 8 a federal judge in Florida struck down the city of Tampa's ban on the use of conversion "therapy," a widely discredited practice that aims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Conversion "therapy" is a dangerous practice that puts LGBTQ+ people—especially children and young people—at significant risk. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it "can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation."
The judge in this case found that Tampa didn't have the jurisdiction to ban conversion therapy, but that the state of Florida does. Add your name if you agree that LGBTQ+ people should not be subjected to this fraudulent and dangerous practice!
This week the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in three crucial cases that will determine whether or not LGBTQ+ people are protected from employment discrimination by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. If the court's conservative majority, including Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, determines that Title VII does not in fact protect LGBTQ+ folks from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender expression, the results will be devastating.
A ruling against LGBTQ+ workers would put millions at risk—not only gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, but also those who don't conform to gender stereotypes in the workplace. Only 22 states prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and only 21 states prohibit employment discrimination based on gender identity. Florida does neither.
Add your name if you agree that it should be illegal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity!