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ACS celebrates Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ rights

June marks Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, and June 2020 will forever be known as the month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. It was a long-sought and rather unexpected victory.

Tawana Thomas-Johnson, our VP, Diversity & Inclusion, said: "We are thrilled about this landmark Supreme Court decision which represents a sea change for equality and the civil rights of LGBTQ+ individuals. The decision affirms the belief that civil rights should be enjoyed by everyone, and that the LGBTQ+ people should be protected from workplace discrimination under federal law. This is not only a victory for LGBTQ+ communities, but for all of us."

As an organization, the American Cancer Society is committed to a workplace free from discrimination. Our Equal Employment Opportunity policy says we are "dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran’s status, caregiver status, genetic information, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law."

Did you know this community bears a disproportionate burden of cancer? People who are LGBTQ have higher rates of some cancer risk factors and face barriers in accessing health care, including higher uninsured rates and discrimination. 

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