Not quite.  The recent Supreme Court ruling prohibits sex discrimination, and applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  But it’s still insanely difficult to prove, regardless of what the court says.

I’m not one that follows the Supreme Court on a day-to-day fashion.  Like many of you, I’m trying to come to grips with simply surviving in this ‘new normal’ of COVID-19 and also trying to keep my job and business a going concern, as they say.

But I am thrilled that the Supreme Court banned employment discrimination for being homosexual or transgender.

First of all, I’m proud that the recent ruling was made.  As a father of four children, I’m glad that our society is taking steps to make sure that opportunity for our children and grandchildren is equal, and prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and sex, as outlined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

And it’s especially close to home because my oldest, Annie, came out of the closet when she was 15.  She was president of the Gay Straight Alliance in high school, and she’s championing L.G.B.T.Q. causes as a Chancellor Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh,

But it’s not enough.

While it’s nice that the supreme court has made this ruling, we haven’t done enough until there is true equality for *all* people, regardless of who they are, what they wear, the color of their skin, who they marry, how they think, etc. etc. ad infinitum.

I.E., it’s perfectly still legal in the workplace- for profit or nonprofit- to discriminate someone based on their political belief.  Or what color nail polish they wear, or the brand of car they drive.  While I’m not advocating there should be protection for everyone for anything, I do think that as a people, we need to be much more tolerant.

It’s important because we are all in this together.  It’s called the world, our nation, our state, our community, our home, our lives.  As political forces try to drive us apart into our own tribes, we need to rise above and accept our differences not as liabilities, but as strengths that can be leveraged to achieve both our individual and community needs.

That which treats us as equals makes us stronger individually and as a community.

-Jon

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