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Tue May 12, 2020, 02:30 PM

Aimee Stephens, transgender woman at center of Supreme Court case, dies at 59

Source: NBC

Stephens was the first transgender person whose civil rights case was heard by the Supreme Court. The high court is set to decide on her case imminently.

Aimee Stephens, the Detroit-area funeral home worker whose firing led to a Supreme Court case that could decide the employment rights of millions of transgender and gender-nonconforming people, died Tuesday, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which was working on her case. She was 59.

Stephens had kidney disease for several years and required lengthy dialysis treatments. According to a GoFundMe set up last week to fundraise for her end-of-life costs, being fired from her job in 2013 contributed to “several years of lost income” that her family has been unable to recoup.

Stephens spent her final days in at-home hospice care surrounded by family, according to the ACLU. She is survived by her wife, Donna Stephens, and daughter, Elizabeth.

After coming out to her employer as transgender in 2013, Stephens was fired. She later sued and her case, Stephens v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, eventually became part of a combined LGBTQ employment rights case that was heard by the justices in October.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/aimee-stephens-transgender-woman-center-supreme-court-case-dies-59-n1205466



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Reply Aimee Stephens, transgender woman at center of Supreme Court case, dies at 59 (Original post)
demmiblue May 2020 OP
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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:42 PM

1. Aimee Stephens, the transgender plaintiff at the center of this as yet unresolved case, has died.

Aimee Stephens, the transgender plaintiff at the center of this as yet unresolved case, has died, lawyers say. Supreme Court term to begin with blockbuster question: Is it legal to fire someone for being gay or transgender?


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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:16 PM

2. She died due to discrimination by bigots. But she persisted as long as she could. . . . nt

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Tue May 12, 2020, 03:21 PM

3. ....

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:27 PM

4. Very sad news. 😢

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:09 PM

5. What's the state of the legal case? Does the Supreme Court drop it, ...

... because the death renders it moot?

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Wed May 13, 2020, 01:08 AM

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