Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Conn. State House May Vote on Transgender Protections Soon

CT Equality is reporting that the Connecticut State House may vote on HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination soon, perhaps as early as this week.  This important bill would add "gender identity or expression" to the state's anti-discrimination statute, protecting them from discrimination in employment, education, housing, public accommodations and credit.

The House Judiciary Committee already passed the bill last month, 27 to 14, without amendments.  However, we need to make sure we have enough support in the full House to get the bill passed, without amendments.

If you live in Connecticut, please take a moment to contact your legislator (you can find out who your state representative is here) and tell him or her to support HB 6599 without any amendments.  It's very easy and very helpful; I already contacted my state rep, Jonathan Steinberg, and was very happy to hear that he supports this legislation.

You can find more information on how to lobby your state rep on this bill here.

Our friends in the transgender community need our help to ensure they are treated fairly and equally: please contact your state lawmaker today and urge him or her to support HB 6599.

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