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Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy Signs Transgender Nondiscrimination Bill

Today, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law HB 6599, a bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, making Connecticut the 15th state in the country to protect transgender people from discrimination.

Raw Story reports:

The new law adds the phrase “gender identity or expression” to all existing state sex discrimination laws, making Connecticut the 15th state to specifically protect transgender people.

Anything under authority of the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is subject to the new rules, including employment, housing, public accommodations and credit.

“An Act Concerning Discrimination” — or HB-6599 — defines “gender identity or expression” as follows:

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, which gender-related identity can be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity 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.

Read the full article via RAW STORY