In 2013, Aimee Stephens was fired from her job as a funeral home director after she opened up to colleagues about her trans identity and gender confirmation surgery. "The first step I must take is to live and work full-time as a woman," Stephens wrote then, in a letter addressed to her coworkers. "I will return to work as my true self, " she added, "in appropriate business attire." Stephens sued after being fired.

Today, the Supreme Court will hear Stephens' arguments about workplace discrimination — federal civil rights laws currently bar sex-based discrimination; Stephens believes these laws include gender identity. It's the first time the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the civil rights of a trans person. To commemorate the historic moment, #RiseUpOct8 is trending, and this morning, demonstrators took to the Supreme Court steps to rally for their protections. The Supreme Court will reportedly hear two hours of arguments defending and opposing LGBTQ workplace rights.

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