YWCA USA: LGBTQ Community Deserves Full Protection Under the Law

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YWCA USA: LGBTQ Community Deserves Full Protection Under the Law

For Immediate Release
Cindy Hoffman: 202 524 5330

Statement by Casey Harden, Interim CEO of YWCA USA

“Yesterday, the United States Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in a case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Zarda v. Altitude Express, arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not include protections for sexual orientation. This perspective is painfully out of touch with the needs and priorities of our diverse nation. YWCA USA strongly affirms that LGBTQ individuals should be able to participate fully and without discrimination in all aspects of public and civic life, workforce and education.”


YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more: www.ywca.org.