REI Co-op Statement on Landmark Supreme Court Ruling on LGBTQ+ Employment Protections
Jun 15, 2020
As people throughout the United States continue to raise their voices for racial justice, we honor and celebrate a milestone moment in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.
Today’s landmark Supreme Court ruling supports protections for LGBTQ+ workers under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and ensures that our LGBTQ+ employees, members, friends and families are protected against workplace discrimination in all 50 states.
From renting an apartment, to applying for a job, to building their family—for far too long, far too many LGBTQ+ Americans have not been afforded the protection of full legal and lived equality we all deserve.
At REI, we believe that the outdoors, and our co-op, are for all. We’re inspired by and grateful for moments like today when we can stand with our employees, members and partners in the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate this collective step forward as a society.
It’s auspicious that the fight for racial justice has now intersected with Pride Month—an annual commemoration of the Stonewall Riots that set the stage for the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. The challenges facing the Black and the LGBTQ+ communities are distinct, but as these fights for justice intersect, today’s Supreme Court ruling is a reminder of the hard-won progress we’ve made, and the enduring truth that progress is possible.
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 19 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 163 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company, a global leader that runs more than 250 itineraries across all continents. In every community where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.