Thursday, May 19, 2011

Conn. State House Passes Gender Identity Protections

According to CT Equality, the Connecticut State House has passed HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination by a vote of 77-62.

HB 6599 would add "gender identity or expression" to the state's anti-discrimination statute, protecting transgender people from discrimination in employment, education, housing, public accommodations and credit.  This is a very important bill for transgender people, one we must work hard to make sure it reaches the Governor's desk.

Importantly, the bill was passed without any amendments that would alter or weaken the legislation.  The bill now goes to the State Senate and, if passed, onto Gov. Dannel Malloy's (D) desk.

You can find the roll call for tonight's vote here.  It brings me great pleasure to say that, after telling me by email that he would support the bill, Rep. Jonathan Steinberg - my state representative - was one of the 77 legislators to vote for equality.

Momentum is on our side - let's not waste it: if you live in Connecticut, please contact your state senator and tell him or her to vote in favor of equality for transgender people.

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