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.
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.
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