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Update: 2019-11-0744


In 2013, Aimee Stephens watched her boss read a carefully worded letter.

“I have felt imprisoned in a body that does not match my mind. And this has caused me great despair and loneliness,” she had written. “With the support of my loving wife, I have decided to become the person that my mind already is.”

Ms. Stephens was fired after coming out as transgender. Now, she is the lead plaintiff in a Supreme Court case that will determine the employment rights of gay and transgender workers across the nation. 

Guests: Adam Liptak, who covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times, and Aimee Stephens, the lead plaintiff in the transgender discrimination case heard by the Supreme Court. For more information on today’s episode, visit 

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Comments (6)

Adam Ismael

This is really sad to hear that someone can lose a lot of their friends and social life because of sexual orientation. I think it's unjust to fire someone that has done nothing but a great job working. our personal life should not be a parameter for an employer to fire their employees.

Nov 13th
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Gary Powers

Aimee's story is so sad. Millions like her in America just brushed aside because people don't like or understand change. Thankfully, the older generations' way of bigotted thought is dying of old age with them. We are all equal in America thanks to the Constitution and it's amendments. If you don't like America's constitution, than leave. That's the line, right?

Nov 12th
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Linda Susan Erickson

Reasonably balanced coverage. Respectful of both sides. Thank you.

Nov 7th


I'm (positively) surprised this case is finally getting some coverage, but I am very disappointed to see you didn't call the justice out on misgendering Aimee, or point out that transpeople are the most at risk in bathrooms, or that the decision in this case could possibly have ramifications for straight cis people if the court makes a strong decision on sex stereotyping.

Nov 7th








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