DSA Celebrates the SCOTUS Decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia

As a democratic socialist organization with over 70,000 members in the U.S., we celebrate today’s landmark Supreme Court decision in Bostock vs. Clayton County, Georgia, which has established that employers cannot discriminate against workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This decision could make a monumental difference in the lives of millions of people. Amidst the celebration of this just outcome, we urge vigilance and a renewed sense of militancy to further secure these gains. Queer liberation is intertwined with struggles for labor rights, immigrant rights, and racial justice. In order to make this ruling a reality for queer workers, we need to strengthen the power of unions and organize our workplaces. We need to push for an end to at-will employment, which can be used by employers to circumvent even the most thorough anti-discrimination policies. Furthermore, while the Supreme Court has ruled correctly in this case, we must continue to push for our rights through mass politics so that our liberation is not subject to the “Yes” or a “No” of an unelected body. In a separate ruling the same day, the Court sided with the interests of capital to contribute to further environmental degradation, and also refused to hear a case that would have challenged the shielding of law enforcement from accountability. We celebrate today’s gains and resolve to further integrate queer liberation with the broader struggle for working-class power.