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Connecticut Bill Would Add Gender Identity To Anti-Discrimination Law

Note from Murdercakes:

As usual, this is being turned into a “Bathroom Issue” by Connecticut Republicans.  Perhaps someone should stand up and tell them that bladder removal doesn’t come with SRS, and that we have to pee just like the rest of humankind? 

At least the amendment regarding bathrooms, locker rooms and dorm rooms (“sex-segregated facilities”) didn’t pass.  Hopefully we’ll see good things from this in the near future.  

Also, TNT would like to thank Ed Stannard for quickly changing some of the terminology in this article to better fit the GLAAD Media Reference Guide!

–MC

Bill would add gender identity to anti-discrimination law

By Ed Stannard, Register Metro Editor
estannard@nhregister.com

A bill adding gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination laws is expected to come up for a vote this week in the state Senate, with opponents focusing on something not mentioned in the legislation: who can use which public restroom.

The bill, called “An Act Concerning Discrimination,” adds the words “gender identity or expression” to other groups that may not be discriminated against in jobs, housing and other areas. The law now includes, among other classes, race, age, sex, marital status and mental or physical disability.

The bill defines gender identity or expression as “a person’s gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.”

The person must be able to provide evidence of his or her gender identity, such as medical history, “consistent and uniform assertion … or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held, part of a person’s core identity or not being asserted for an improper purpose,” according to the law.

“There’s severe discrimination actually against transgender people,” said Jerimarie Liesegang, director of the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition. “We know unemployment discrimination against trans folks runs about 20 percent.”

Please go to The New Haven Register for the full article.

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