MCALLEN – On Monday morning the Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling in favor of the LGBTQ community, protecting LGBTQ people from job discrimination based on sex.
The justices issued their ruling based on a 1964 Civil Rights act known as Title VII, which prohibits jobs from discriminating based on sex.
“It’s a huge sigh of relief, especially for the transgender community, because we are often forced to have to look for other trades other not safe work places. Because we can’t find work we’re constantly being discriminated.” says Adrian Melgar, President RGV Trans Closet.
Meglar, a Rio Grande Valley educator, says while he is fortunate to have found an employer who understands he is transgender, many others are not. He says many must resort to night jobs, sex work or hiding their real gender identification and sexual orientation.
While many are rejoicing, some like Oscar Lopez, CEO with Poderosos, says more needs to be done to protect the rights of the LGBTQ, especially here in Texas.
“This is a huge win, but it’s one of many more that need to come for us to be equal tax paying Americans like everybody else.” says Lopez.
Lopez also says while today is a day to celebrate, he warns not to take the November elections lightly. Lopez says get registered, make your voice heard and get into a voting booth.
Meglar says many LGBTQ community members will sleep well tonight knowing they are protected.
“Just knowing that I have job security, me and my partner don’t have to worry about tomorrow being fired just because our supervisors don’t see us as equal human beings.” says Meglar.