Welcome Landmark Legal Ruling for LGBTQA+ Community
June 23, 2020
Dear Students and Colleagues,
As a university committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, including discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity or expression, Drexel joins with the LGBTQA+ community in celebrating Pride Month and the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that shelters LGBTQA+ individuals under federal anti-bias laws in the workplace.
When the civil rights of one group are threatened, I believe that none of us are truly free. The court ruling issued last week holds that an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII, the federal law banning employment discrimination. In recognizing legal protections for Americans of any sexual orientation or gender identity, the Supreme Court moves this nation closer to realizing the full promise of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all.
Drexel has long been committed to the protection of sexual orientation under its non-discrimination policies, as well as fostering an inclusive and healthy educational and work environment based on trust and respect. As a part of this effort, Kim Gholston, associate vice president and chief diversity officer, in collaboration with Paul Apicella, EEO and Title IX coordinator, continue to inform the Drexel community of the diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and practices to ensure excellence in education, research and civic engagement. The University also provides a wealth of resources through its Office of Equality and Diversity.
As we recommit ourselves to fighting discrimination in any form, including racism, we hope to foster a campus environment where all people feel welcome and safe to be themselves. It is truly heartening to see such protections for the LGBTQA+ community reaffirmed under law.