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.

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.

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In a baffling and unprecedented move, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families has sent a transgender 16-year-old girl who is not charged with any crime to the York state prison in Niantic. (Read the Hartford Courant article.) Now in the custody of the Department of Correction, this young person may spend the next 18 […]

A federal judge in Hartford has ruled that denying federal benefits to same-sex spouses under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, an opinion praised and supported by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. Judge Vanessa Bryant, ruling in Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, found that “no conceivable rational basis exists” for […]

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has joined five other organizations in a joint campaign urging Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to sign on as co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This campaign follows a successful campaign in […]

The General Assembly’s action to include “gender identity or expression” in the state statutes barring discrimination is welcome, says Andrew Schneider, executive director of the ACLU-CT. “This bill was high on our legislative agenda,” Schneider says. The General Assembly will not this year abolish the death penalty, which was on our agenda, nor insist on […]