Breaking: Biden Orders Federal Agencies to Implement Landmark LGBTQ Supreme Court RulingJanuary 20, 2021 • 7:10 pm
Bostock v. Clayton County, which found that LGBTQ discrimination is a form of sex discrimination, will be applied across all federal agencies
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today on his first day in office shortly after being sworn in, President Biden issued an executive order directing all federal agencies to implement the decision in Bostock v. Clayton County issued by the U.S. Supreme Court this past summer. The 6-3 ruling found that LGBTQ people are protected against employment discrimination under existing civil rights laws that prohibit sex discrimination.
Biden’s action means the landmark ruling — which was also the first-ever civil rights victory for transgender people at the Supreme Court — will now extend to every federal agency’s application and enforcement of all federal laws that prohibit sex discrimination, including employment, housing, credit, education, and more.
“President Biden’s historic directive to federal agencies to implement the Bostock ruling brings Americans one step closer to a country where all of us, including LGBTQ people, are treated with basic dignity and respect. This action will immediately improve the lives of 11 million lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and 1.5 million transgender Americans by ensuring equitable enforcement of our federal statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment, education, housing, and credit. But the work is not done until Congress updates federal law to codify these protections and make explicit – and permanent beyond this Presidential Administration – that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination in all areas of daily life. We urge Congress to work swiftly with President Biden to finish the job by passing explicit federal legislation like the Equality Act in order to bring our nation closer to America’s promise of freedom for all.”
President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and House Speaker Pelosi have all pledged to make passage of the Equality Act one of the top priorities of the 117th Congress. The Equality Act would ensure explicit and uniform LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections nationwide in virtually all areas of life — including protections in public places like restaurants and stores and most federal funding. These are areas of life that were not reached by the Bostock decision but where LGBTQ people experience substantial harm and discrimination. Additionally, President Biden is expected to overturn the ban on transgender individuals in the U.S. military in the coming days.
Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.