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Connecticut Gov Signs Trans Protections Bill

Connecticut Gov Signs Trans Protections Bill

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy this week signed legislation designed to protect transgender citizens from discrimination.

The legislation bars discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression in employment, housing, public accommodations, credit and all other sectors under the jurisdiction of Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

This makes Connecticut the 15th state, plus the District of Columbia, to offer trans persons unequivocal statewide protections.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released a statement emphasizing the importance of such legislation:

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“Our national survey spotlights just how pervasive and severe discrimination is toward transgender and gender non-conforming people. The alarming personal stories and stats show that transgender people face injustice in many places from exclusionary workplaces to the grocery store to doctors’ offices. Connecticut responded appropriately to this crisis. We thank Gov. Dan Malloy and lawmakers for ensuring that the people of Connecticut, regardless of gender identity or expression, are protected from such discrimination. Congratulations to the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition and CtEquality and all those who have advocated for these critical protections.”

The Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality recently released a report called Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.

The report showed the distressing extent of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people, finding that 26 percent of transgender people have lost a job due to bias; 50 percent reported having suffered workplace harassment; 19 percent say they have been denied housing because of their gender identity or expression; and 19 percent say they were made homeless at some point in their lives due to anti-trans bias. This situation was even more grim for transgender people of color.

Read more from that survey here.

Find out which jurisdictions have explicit trans-inclusive anti-discrimination protections here.

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9:18AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Fantastic! Slowly the tide really is turning in the right direction.

9:16AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Excellent news! Another reason why I'm a proud resident of Connecticut ... thank you, Dan Malloy!!

6:41AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Excellent if you live in Connecticut USA, in the UK, this is not what, happens,the UK refused to amend birth certificates, between 1970 untill the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. Approximately five thousand people, did not have full citizen status of the UK. This was because the UK was successfully prosecuted in the EU Courts of civil and human rights. This kind of legislation goes further, to protect many more of us. Most places in the world, do not have, anti discrimination laws, to prevent abuse, and some people are surprised, how high a percentage of the population are affected.

9:56AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Excellent news! Life is hard enough for trans people without having to deal with inequality and hatred. Anything that aims to grant them equality is a welcome step in the right direction.

6:18AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Keep moving in the way of equality, dignity, and respect. Way to go Connecticut.

11:03PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Go Ct.! And thanks Gov. Malloy, you rock!!!

8:41PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

GREAT NEWS!!

8:38PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

GOOD! NOBODY SHOULD SUFFER DISCRIMINATION!

8:18PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Good

3:44PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Very good news.

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