And, No, I Didn’t Miss When Connecticut Got Rid of Its Law Giving Gays the Special Right to Discriminate Against Trans People

…because it happened today (subject, of course, to gubernatorial assent.)

The state Senate early this morning gave final legislative approval to a bill that provides equal protection to transgender people.

The measure, which passed on a largely party-line vote of 20-16, seeks to bar discrimination in the workplace or while seeking housing or obtaining credit based on gender identity and expression. It cleared the House of Representatives last month and now heads to the desk of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has pledged to sign it.

And what might HB 6599 include?

Sec. 25. Subsection (a) of section 46a-64 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2011):

(a) It shall be a discriminatory practice in violation of this section: (1) To deny any person within the jurisdiction of this state full and equal accommodations in any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, lawful source of income, mental retardation, mental disability or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness or deafness of the applicant, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons; (2) to discriminate, segregate or separate on account of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, lawful source of income, mental retardation, mental disability, learning disability or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness or deafness; (3) for a place of public accommodation, resort or amusement to restrict or limit the right of a mother to breast-feed her child; (4) for a place of public accommodation, resort or amusement to fail or refuse to post a notice, in a conspicuous place, that any blind, deaf or mobility impaired person, accompanied by his guide dog wearing a harness or an orange-colored leash and collar, may enter such premises or facilities; or (5) to deny any blind, deaf or mobility impaired person or any person training a dog as a guide dog for a blind person or a dog to assist a deaf or mobility impaired person, accompanied by his guide dog or assistance dog, full and equal access to any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement. Any blind, deaf or mobility impaired person or any person training a dog as a guide dog for a blind person or a dog to assist a deaf or mobility impaired person may keep his guide dog or assistance dog with him at all times in such place of public accommodation, resort or amusement at no extra charge, provided the dog wears a harness or an orange-colored leash and collar and is in the direct custody of such person. The blind, deaf or mobility impaired person or person training a dog as a guide dog for a blind person or a dog to assist a deaf or mobility impaired person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by his dog. For purposes of this subdivision, “guide dog” or “assistance dog” includes a dog being trained as a guide dog or assistance dog and “person training a dog as a guide dog for a blind person or a dog to assist a deaf or mobility impaired person” means a person who is employed by and authorized to engage in designated training activities by a guide dog organization or assistance dog organization that complies with the criteria for membership in a professional association of guide dog or assistance dog schools and who carries photographic identification indicating such employment and authorization.

Yes, its a good thing that Connecticut did this, and everyone who worked on this bill in 2011 to make it a success deserves a high-five  – but we can’t forget history.

It should have been done 20 years – a full generation (and the full lifetime of any trans teen born in Connecticut after gays got their equality) – ago.

And it damn well should have been done before anyone in Connecticut began talking about gay marriage.

But, as it stands, one more part of allegedly-liberal New England stepped into the 1990s a decade into the 21st century.

I’m looking at YOU, Massachusetts!

7 Responses to And, No, I Didn’t Miss When Connecticut Got Rid of Its Law Giving Gays the Special Right to Discriminate Against Trans People

  1. Kathleen says:

    A Big Congrats to CT! WhooHoo!

    You can’t be right about Massachusetts. They keep saying they’re the most progressive state in the union – especially on LGB t rights. They usually look a tad disdainfully upon their less progressive compatriots of Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut & especially Maine.

    New Jeopardy answer – Massachusetts.

    The form of a question – Which state in New England is the most……..

    • Katrina Rose says:

      …..likely to have a mass spontaneous orgasm when Janice Raymond’s name is mentioned?

      Congratulations! You win the Transphobia Daily Double!

      Thank you, Art. I’d like to complete the category by taking Lesbian Exterminationists for $50.

      Oops, no time for that. We’ll have to move on to Final Jeopardy on this, our last show of 1979……

  2. Mykell says:

    But gays didn’t have a special “right” to discriminate… EVERYONE had that “right”

    • Katrina Rose says:

      Alas, but within the LGBT dynamic the LGB had special legal status. They could discriminate against us but we could not discriminate against them.

      Special rights.

      Evil.

  3. libhomo says:

    The “special rights” talking point originates with Christian extremists who use it against trans and cis queers. It makes it sound like you are siding with the fundamentalists, which I don’t think is your intent.

    • Katrina Rose says:

      The “special rights” talking point originates with Christian extremists….

      The ‘transwoman bathroom predator’ meme originated with Barney Frank and other gays whose political goal is to maintain our political and economic subjugation.

      What goes around comes around – and I intend to tighten it around the necks of those who have pushed (and immorally benefited from) the lie of ‘incremental progress.’

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