Statement Attributable to:
Susan R. Bailey, MD
President, American Medical Association
“The American Medical Association (AMA) applauds today’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions affirming that federal workplace discrimination protections apply to LGBTQ+ individuals. This is an historic day for LGBTQ+ Americans.
“The AMA joined 15 other leading health organizations in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, urging it to confirm that discrimination protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 cover sexual orientation and gender identity. We know that discrimination reinforces stigma and can have significant adverse mental and physical health outcomes. We are pleased the Supreme Court also recognized this fact.
“As physicians, and as leaders in medicine, we believe that LGBTQ+ individuals must be protected from workplace discrimination in order to prevent negative health outcomes. The AMA supports everyone’s access to quality, evidence-based health care regardless of gender or sexual orientation, and will continue to work diligently at the state and federal levels to expand access to medical services, reduce stigma in treating patients with unique needs and break down discriminatory barriers to care.”
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