LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Connecticut:
Since 1991, LGBTQ non-discrimination in Connecticut has protected people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2011, that law was updated to include gender identity and expression.
The Path to LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Connecticut:
- 1947: The Connecticut legislature passes the Fair Employment Practices Act, which prohibits most employers to discriminate in employment, because of race, color, religious creed, national origin or ancestry.
- 1967: The scope and responsibility of the commission tasked with enforcing Connecticut’s non-discrimination laws are expanded and it is given a new name, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. This same year, protections against discrimination on the basis of sex are added to the law.
- 1967-1991: Local and national organizations engage in conversations about who LGBT people in Connecticut, and support for comprehensive non-discrimination grows.
- Late 1980s: Several times, bills are introduced in the Connecticut Legislature to extend statewide non-discrimination protections to LGBT people, but the bills stall, one year falling short in the House by 8 votes, and one year failing after a tied vote.
- April 17, 1991: The state Senate in Connecticut passes “An Act Concerning Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation,” which adds sexual orientation as a protected class under Connecticut’s non-discrimination laws. Gov. Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. signs the bill into law almost immediately.
- 2005-2011: Advocates across Connecticut, organized under the Anti-Discrimination Coalition, work for many years to pass transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws in the state. A hearing on a bill to do so is held on March 19, 2009.
- January 10, 2011: The Common Council of Hartford, one of the largest cities in Connecticut, unanimously votes to extend non-discrimination protections in city employment to transgender individuals, becoming the first in Connecticut to do so. Local ordinances like this build momentum toward statewide legislation extending non-discrimination based on gender identity and expression.
- July 1, 2011: Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs into law “An Act Concerning Discrimination,” following passage in the House on May 19 and the Senate on June 4. The bill extends non-discrimination protections to transgender residents in Connecticut in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, and other areas. Connecticut’s non-discrimination law takes effect in October 2011, becoming fully inclusive, the fifteenth state to do so.
Last Updated January 11, 2018