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Good News in Chaotic Times

Maria Dorado

Posted on June 19, 2020 12:16

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Even in the midst of chaos there is good news. This week LGBTQ+ individuals and dreamers — those affected by DACA — each received some hope in terms of moving toward equality. While this good news is only part of the fight that we must continue partaking in, it's progress.

Despite the chaotic mess we're currently living in — which could mean anything at this point — there is still good news to be shared. This past week there was a "win" in the United States for those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community in addition to the good news presented for those affected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Beginning with the milestone for LGBTQ+ individuals, the Supreme Court made a decision in Bostock v. Clayton County this past Monday prohibiting discrimination in the workplace against those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. As stated on page one of the syllabus released by the Supreme Court, "An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII." For those unaware of what Title VII indicates, the editor's note on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's webpage discussing Title VII states that "Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin."

This decision came days after the Trump administration abolished the non-discrimination protection safeguarding transgender people in terms of health care, which makes this win even more significant considering we don't really know the impact it can have on the Trump administration's decision. As some have speculated, the Supreme Court's decision may even be used to rescind this discriminatory rule the Trump administration announced because of Title VII's potential interpretation regarding sex discrimination. I'm hoping that the speculations are right and that we can truly move forward since we can't go one step forward and one step back every time, or we'll just end up going nowhere.

The second piece of good news this week is that the Supreme Court voted against currently shutting down DACA in a 5-4 decision due to lack of "an adequate explanation for the September 2017 rescission" as stated on page eight of the Opinion of the Court released by the Supreme Court. While this is amazing news, it's also scary and heartbreaking to know the decision came down to one vote. It's sickening to me that there are those who would want to potentially deport those whose only recollections may be of the United States. I'm happy for those whose worries may have lessened even slightly by this news even if this likely isn't the last we'll hear of the Trump administration targeting immigrants.  

These are both important milestones to celebrate given the fight for equality since it shows there is hope to move toward a more inclusive future where equality is truly treated as a human right, rather than something we have to continue fighting for. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that these triumphs do not mean we should no longer keep advocating for these causes. Unfortunately, this isn't over for now, but these are changes that can lead us to this future where those who are often "bothered" due to their backgrounds can feel safe — what this means to each individual varies.

Maria Dorado

Posted on June 19, 2020 12:16

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