L.A. Labor Celebrates Pride 2020!
Before the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision this month ruling that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes the protection of gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination federally, a union contract was often the only form of employment protection for many LGBTQ+ workers.
As Pride Month comes to an end, we want to recognize the history of LGBTQ+ labor activism.
Some of the “greatest gains for the LGBTQ movement came through fighting corporations, challenging workplace discrimination, and building unions.” (Jacobin – Queer Liberation Is a Labor Issue)
Here are a few great articles about LGBTQ+ labor activism:
- Intertwined: The Labor Movement and LGBT Rights (Op-Ed by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka)
- How LGBTQ Union Activists Transformed the Labor Movement
- Queer Liberation Is a Labor Issue
- Inclusive Model Contract Language
Additionally, we would like to express our support for the Bayard Rustin Stamp Campaign!
Bayard Rustin served the trade union and civil rights movements as a brilliant theorist, tactician and organizer. In the face of his accomplishments, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten and fired from leadership positions because he was an openly gay man in a severely homophobic era. He conceived the coalition of liberal, labor and religious leaders who supported passage of the civil rights and anti-poverty legislation of the 1960s.
Rustin’s work in the labor and civil rights movements should be celebrated and honored. Please join us in supporting this initiative to commemorate his legacy.