WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) today praised an 8-3 ruling by the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals affirming that the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s prohibition of sex discrimination also extends to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Notably, five of the eight justices who ruled for extending protections were Republican appointees, illustrating the significant gains the LGBT community has made towards acceptance and inclusion in recent years. While many recent advances came through the courts, Tuesday’s ruling in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College is the first time an en banc panel – meaning all of the judges sitting on the 7th circuit – jointly decided a case on discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation.
To help address the unique threats and challenges the LGBT community faces every day, Rep. Grijalva introduced the LGBT Data Inclusion Act in June of 2016. The legislation would require federal agencies to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in population surveys like the census. The data collected would give policy makers and elected leaders a much better understanding of the size, demographics and socioeconomic realities of the LGBT community.
More information about the LGBT Data Inclusion Act is available here.