LGBTQ Equality

While Connecticut and the nation have made big strides forward on LGBTQ equality in the last decade, the lack of progress in other states and the threats coming from the Trump administration remind us that the fight is far from over.

In the Senate, I am a cosponsor of the Equality Act, a simple but powerful piece of legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. This is already the law in Connecticut, but in many states, though it is now legal for a same-sex couple to marry, the day after the wedding, one spouse could be legally fired from his or her job for putting a picture of their new spouse up on their desk. This blatant prejudice should not enjoy the protection of our laws, and I will keep fighting to pass this vital protection. 

On the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, I have worked to make sure that preventing bullying against LGBTQ students is made a priority in schools. The Student Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ students just like the Equality Act disallows unfair treatment of LGBTQ workers 

I have also fought to ensure that people who are transgender have equal treatment under the law - whether they want to serve our country in the military or do something as simple as use a public restroom. I will continue to fight back against efforts from the Trump administration to marginalize transgender people.


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