On October 8th, the Supreme Court will review a case over whether federal civil rights law, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex, protects transgender people. Aimee Stephens had been working at Harris Funeral Homes in Garden City, Mich. for 6 years when she was fired in 2013, after beginning her gender transition.
“I felt what they did to me wasn’t right. In fact, it was downright wrong,” Stephens said. “But I also realized it wasn’t just me, that there were others in the world facing the same tune.”
The Trump administration has sided with employers who argue that the civil rights law does not protect LGBT individuals. Its rollback of Obama administration policies allowing transgender people to use school bathrooms corresponding to their identity, and to serve openly in the military are major reasons why Stephens has persisted in her fight, amid health issues.
“With all the things that have come out, with the way that transgender people are being treated, basically trying to be forcibly erased from society, I have no regrets at all about it,” she said.
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