ST. LOUIS — The Rainbow Workers Alliance will be holding rally for transgender workers in October in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing a case about transgender discrimination in the workplace.
The group is being joined by ACLU Missouri, Metro Trans Umbrella Group, Music Freedom Dreams, Close the Workhouse, and various labor groups.
From the Facebook event:
Newly formed grassroots organization Rainbow Workers’ Alliance (RWA) will rally in support of LGBTQ workplace protections in response to a US Supreme Court hearing that may threaten them. The court proceedings, starting October 8th, will determine whether transgender workers are covered by sex-based discrimination language in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. RWA is taking action because economic inequalities are a major determinant of LGBTQ health and social outcomes. The rally will take place Sunday, October 13th, 2019, 11 AM – 1 PM, outside City Hall.
“This is a momentous occasion. It is a pivotal moment and the public should be paying attention,” Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, senior attorney at Lambda Legal, a civil rights organization focused on LGBTQ people, told ThinkProgress. “These cases will affect the ability of LGBTQ people to be full members of society and to contribute to society by entering the workplace and be free of discrimination.”
“I’m lucky that I have a union-contract which protects me,” Jessie Eikmann, United Food and Commercial Worker Local 655 member and RWA leader said. “Right now Union members lucky enough to have a contract that provides these protections are the only Missouri workers that are safe.”
“Chronic unemployment and workplace discrimination leads transgender workers into an unsafe economy, like commercial sex work,” Amiyah Cole, RWA leader said. “This puts us at greater risk for HIV and incarceration.”
RWA will be joined by ACLU Missouri for their #10DaysOfTransDemands campaign, as well as Metro Trans Umbrella Group, and various other community- and labor organizations at the rally.
Please share, invite your friends, and attend! Message the RWA Facebook page for more information.
The rally starts at 11 a.m. at the St. Louis City Hall on Sunday, Oct. 13.