Pride month a roller-coaster for LGBTQ+ rights

June 2020, the 50th anniversary of the first gay pride marches, has had two noteworthy LGBTQ+ rights developments.

On June 12, the Donald Trump administration removed protections that prohibit health-care discrimination against transgender patients. Protections were based on a 2016 interpretation of the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act’s prohibition against sex discrimination in federally funded health programs.

Transgender flag hanging out front of Rep. Ruben Gallego’s office at the United States Capitol. From Twitter

The decision was announced on the fourth anniversary of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people. In a column published by CNN, writer Allison Hope called the announcement’s timing “a poison arrow through the heart.”

Three days later, among a series of announcements, The U.S. Supreme reported its 6-3 vote to uphold a civil rights law that protects gay and lesbian people from employment discrimination.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the decision momentous. She said, “Today, the Supreme Court has unequivocally affirmed that all Americans, regardless of who you are or whom you love, are protected from discrimination in the workplace under federal law,” she said in a release. “This momentous decision is a victory for the LGBTQ community, for our democracy and for our fundamental values of equality and justice for all.”

The majority opinion was written by Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch.

Trump said, “Very powerful. Very powerful decision actually … But they have so ruled.”

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