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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 renewed attacks on the LGBTQ community 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.

And as we see efforts across state legislatures to target and harass transgender kids and adults with policies that would make gender-affirming treatment more difficult to attain, prevent them from participating in sports, and bar them from using gender-appropriate bathrooms, among other needless attacks on their rights, I have spoken out and will continue to fight against these efforts in every way possible.