A decision ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court that the LGBT+ community are legally protected from discrimination is likely to bring on some massive changes, say experts, such as ending a ban on trans soldiers serving in the military.
According to the verdict, a 1964 civil rights act that protects workers from discrimination related to sex, race, color, origin and religion, applies to LGBT+ people.
“Today’s decision is enormous,” says Shannon Minter, legal director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights advocacy group. “For the first time in our nation’s history, we have nationwide workplace protections for our community.”
The ruling provides around 8.1 million LGBT+ workers with protection, according to the University of California research center Williams Institute. Now, according to Minter, courts nationwide are more likely to better protect LGBT+ people in rulings related to health care, housing and education.