Man Who Sued Christian-Owned Funeral Home Because They Refused to Let Him Wear Women’s Clothes to Work Dies

R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Garden City, Michigan | Photo: Alliance Defending Freedom

The man at the center of a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case on the definition of “sex” and how transgender-identifying people are recognized in the workplace has died.

Anthony Stephens, 59, who later changed his name to Aimee Stephens when he decided to self-identify as female, was on home hospice and died due to complications related to kidney disease on Tuesday.

Stephens was a biological male who first presented as a female in 2013. His case — R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Aimee Stephens & EEOC — is the first transgender rights-related civil matter to reach the Supreme Court.

Oral arguments were heard by the high court last October and a ruling is expected between now and the end of June.

Stephens was fired from his job at a Christian-owned funeral home in Michigan after he refused to continue to dress as a man and instead wanted to dress as a woman, in a “skirt suit,” while at work. Thomas Rost, Stephens’ boss at the time and company owner, said “coming to work dressed as a woman was not going to be acceptable.”

In the lawsuit that was subsequently filed against Harris Funeral Homes, Stephens alleged that he had been the victim of discrimination on the basis of transgender status.

The American Civil Liberties Union represented Stephens in the case and lamented his death. The ACLU referred to him as a “hero and a trailblazer.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter