LGBT Rights

The rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people have been at the forefront of the legal and legislative agenda’s of the ACLU of Connecticut. We joined the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders to win the fight for same-sex marriage, which has been legal in Connecticut since 2008. In 2011 we helped win passage of a gender identity law that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgendered people in employment, housing, public education, accommodations and commercial transactions.

As a transgender person, I don’t take small things for granted. I appreciate the store clerk who calls me “sir,” my colleagues who don’t struggle with my name or pronouns, and most important to my daily routine, I appreciate every uneventful trip to and from the bathroom.

Let me get straight to the point – David Brooks’ column this week encouraging gay and transgender people to simply accept discrimination for as long as it takes for society to come around was more than misguided.

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The ACLU of Connecticut urged lawmakers to repeal an obscure state law that enables the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to transfer children under its care into the Department of Corrections.

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Connecticut was one of the first states in the country to tell the government, “You do not get to dictate a person’s identity.” However, the state’s once groundbreaking legislation desperately needs to be modernized.

A 16-year-old transgender girl was released from the adult prison in Niantic on June 24 after a public outcry that drew national attention to her imprisonment without charge. The girl, known as Jane Doe to protect her privacy, was incarcerated April 8 after the state Department of Children and Families, taking advantage of an obscure […]

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