L.A. Labor Celebrates Pride 2020!

06/30/2020

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:


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.