With the General Assembly back in session this month, one group is hoping to place additional protection against transsexual and transgender discrimination on the top of the "to do" list for employment law revisions.
Now, you might be asking, doesn’t Connecticut already have laws about this? Although laws have certainly been amended in recent years to cover categories such as sexual orientation or civil union status, the laws have not been revised to include the phrase "gender identity or expression" — a broader category and certainly different than what is already written into the statutes.
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The bill first made its way to the state capitol in 2006 and received a public hearing before being successfully passed through the judiciary committee. In 2007, the bill had more success as it passed the state senate but failed to receive a formal vote from state representatives before the 2007 session closed.
That push will continue later this month as Feb. 20 has been set aside for Trans Educational Forum and Lobby Day at the state capitol. Between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the coalition will have a forum at the legislative office building and some of its members will meet with legislators, in addition to rallying.