Los Angeles – In response to today’s rulings from the Supreme Court rejecting a second conservative challenge to the Affordable Care Act and upholding a broad interpretation of the Fair Housing Act, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:
“Today’s rulings represent two of three cases before the Court this session that directly affect the LGBT community.
Healthcare is very much an LGBT issue: the overall well-being of our community continues to reflect the stigma and discrimination that LGBT people experience every day. LGBT people are more likely to suffer from depression, substance abuse and other stress-related ill health effects than the general population. LGBT youth are up to three times more likely to attempt suicide. Transgender people are far more likely to be victims of violence or to lack health insurance entirely. Lesbians are less likely to seek preventative cancer screening. And even with the Affordable Care Act upheld, hundreds of thousands of LGBT undocumented immigrants are still unable to access public health programs for which they already help pay. The ACA is not a panacea, but the alternative – nothing – imperils the lives of millions of LGBT and other Americans. This is a victory for our community.
The Court also ruled that bias, even when covert, is still bias. The decision upholding a broad interpretation of the Fair Housing Act will help protect LGBT communities of color, who bear the dual stigmas of racism and homophobia, and help address the double disparities they face financially.”
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals. www.eqca.org