Aimee Stephens, Who Took Transgender Rights Case To Supreme Court, Dies At 59

Aimee Stephens (image via GoFundMe)

NBC News reports that Aimee Stephens, the transgender funeral home worker whose firing led to legal proceedings that ended up at the U.S. Supreme Court, died Tuesday of renal failure. She was 59.

The ACLU, which has been handling her case, announced the news on Twitter.

In 2013, Stephens came out as transgender to her employer and was subsequently fired. Stephens sued and her case, Stephens v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, became part of a combined LGBTQ employment rights case. The high court heard oral arguments in October.

In doing so, Stephens became the first transgender person to have their case heard in the highest court of the land.

A ruling from SCOTUS could be handed down any day now which could affect the employment rights of transgender people across the entire U.S.

Years of kidney disease took its toll on Stephens and she required lengthy dialysis treatments. A GoFundMe campaign was launched last week to fundraise for her end-of-life costs.