Aimee Stephens, whose gender-identity discrimination case is awaiting a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, died Tuesday.
Stephens died of complications from kidney failure at her home in the Detroit area, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented her. She was 59.
Stephens was a transgender woman who was fired from her job as a funeral-home director after telling the company she planned to live openly as a woman.
Her case and two others that were
Tyler Richard, a spokesman for the ACLU, said in an interview that Stephens’s case will be carried on by her estate.
“Aimee did not set out to be a hero and a trailblazer, but she is one, and our country owes her a debt of gratitude for her commitment to justice for all people and her dedication to our transgender community,” said ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio in a statement.
Another case heard alongside Stephens’s case also involves a person who has since died. The case of Donald Zarda, a gay skydiving instructor who was fired in 2010 and died in 2014, also is being pursued on behalf of his estate.
Stephens said in an
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