United Farm Workers President Teresa Romero and UFW Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres issued the following statement following the Supreme Court ruling that says LGBTQ workers are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law forbidding discrimination on the basis of sex:
Today’s Supreme Court ruling that says discrimination against LGBTQ workers violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 affirms our long-held belief that all people deserve equal rights. Cesar Chavez unequivocally supported LGBTQ rights since the 1970s, long before it was popular in American society.
We now join in celebrating the difficult work of the LGBTQ community, activists, allies and everyone who diligently worked on Bostock v. Clayton Count. Discrimination, racism, xenophobia and homophobia have no place in America. There is power in the diversity that exists in our workplaces and communities. Our LGBTQ staff, our volunteers and members make our workplaces and communities stronger. We will always fight and defend everyone’s dignity, safety and wellbeing. So we are grateful for the progress that was achieved today. ###