U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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6:57 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Fairness Campaign Praises Landmark Extension of LGBT Protections

Louisville Fairness Campaign leaders are praising a landmark decision by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which ruled that discrimination based on gender identity qualifies as sex discrimination under existing federal law.

The decision is being heralded as a "sea change" by gay rights advocates and came about as part of a resolution to a case filed by Mia Macy and the Transgender Law Center in California. Macy says she was denied a job as a ballistics technician at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms because she is transgendered.

Louisville Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman says the EEOC's decision is a landmark achievement for the gay rights movement and elevates a marginalized community.

"This is huge for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, but particularly transgendered community. What this decision does is really elevate the transgender community to a level of protections that not even lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals enjoy on a federal level," he says.

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