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.

The past few weeks have been pivotal for conversations about LGBT people in the public discourse.

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Larry Ysunza met his partner Tim Love in 1980 and told his mother that very day that he had met the man he was going to marry.

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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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