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.

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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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 […]