“And a lot of people aren’t talking about this case and it has implications for the LGBTQ community, but it has implications for women and anyone who doesn’t conform to someone else’s idea of like how you should be a man or a woman or both or neither,” she added.
Title VII, of the Civil Rights Act, that bars discrimination based on sex “does not bar discrimination because on transgender status,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued in a brief filed with the Supreme Court last month.
Lower courts — and the federal government — have split on the issue of whether Title VII provides such protections.
ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio, who Cox brought as her guest to the award show, told E! News on the red carpet that the case would have implications beyond the LGBTQ community.
“Everyone should be aware that the administration is asking the Supreme Court to make it legal to fire workers just because they’re LGBTQ and this is actually going to transform the lives of LGBTQ people and people who are not LGBTQ,” Stangio said. “Anyone who departs from sex stereotypes like all the fabulous people here for example so we really need to show up October 8 and pay attention because our lives are really on the line.”
“My fellow trans Americans despite what some may say your existence is valuable,” she said. “Your lives, safety, & service matter.”