Norton to Speak at Supreme Court on LGBTQ Equality, Tomorrow

Oct 7, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will join the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, and other LGBTQ equality advocates tomorrow to speak outside the Supreme Court at 10:30 a.m. on several cases before the court.  In July, Norton joined 150 Members of Congress, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), in submitting an amicus brief urging the court to clarify the law under judicial rulings and find that LGBTQ people are protected against workplace discrimination.  Norton, the first woman to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), believes that both sexual orientation and gender identity are essential parts of a person’s sex and therefore should be protected under Title VII.

“When I chaired the EEOC, we issued nationwide sexual harassment guidelines that were later affirmed by the Supreme Court,” Norton said.  “Consistent with the Court’s traditional broad interpretation of anti-discrimination laws, sexual orientation and gender identity are inseparable from a person’s sex, and should therefore be protected against discrimination under Title VII.”

WHAT:  Congresswoman Norton and advocates speak on LGBTQ equality

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 8th at 10:30 AM

WHERE:  U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First Street NE, Washington, DC