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Francesca Quaranta

Conn. city says there was no bias against transgender police officer

Saturday, March 29, 2014
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- An investigation by a Connecticut city has found no evidence that a transgender police officer was subject to discrimination or a hostile work environment. [ Read more → ]

Brookdale to offer same-sex spousal benefits in response to lawsuit

Friday, January 31, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Tennessee-based company that is a target of a sex discrimination complaint in Connecticut says it's changing its policy and will provide health coverage to the spouses of same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Conn. woman sues Brookdale Senior Living over same-sex spousal benefits

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut physical therapist has filed a sex discrimination complaint against the West Hartford senior living center where she works, saying she is being illegally denied health benefits for her wife. [ Read more → ]
Gordon Bissonnette

Man arrested on Christmas for making death threats toward lesbian sister

Friday, December 27, 2013
PLAINVILLE, Conn. -- A Connecticut man was arrested Christmas day for making death threats toward his lesbian sister because he disapproved of her sexual orientation and feared she might turn his daughter gay. [ Read more → ]
Francesca Quaranta

Transgender police officer files discrimination, harassment complaint

Thursday, December 5, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A transgender police officer in Connecticut has filed a complaint with a state agency alleging her supervisors created a hostile work environment because of her gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Tarence Mitchell

High school football star accused in deadly stabbing of male lover

Saturday, November 23, 2013
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- A high school football captain has been charged with fatally stabbing his lover with a steak knife after an argument over ending their relationship. [ Read more → ]
From left: Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley.

UConn women take lead role in campaign to support lesbian, bisexual athletes

Monday, November 4, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Members of Connecticut's NCAA champion women's basketball team are taking a lead role in a national campaign in support of lesbian and bisexual athletes in women's sports. [ Read more → ]

Bill to restore benefits for discharged gay veterans heads to Conn. governor

Thursday, May 16, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Connecticut bill that would restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans discharged under the U.S. military's former "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is moving to the governor's desk. [ Read more → ]

Conn. lawmakers seek to restore state benefits to discharged gay veterans

Thursday, April 25, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut lawmakers are seeking to restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans discharged under the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 34-0 in favor of legislation making veterans eligible for state benefits if they've been... [ Read more → ]

Conn. school, under pressure, approves student to wear anti-gay shirt

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
WOLCOTT, Conn. -- Officials in a Connecticut school district have backed down in a fight over free speech rights, allowing a student to wear a T-shirt bearing an anti-gay message. [ Read more → ]
Andrew J. McDonald

Connecticut governor nominates openly gay lawmaker to state Supreme Court

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday nominated State Sen. Andrew J. McDonald to the state's Supreme Court. If confirmed by the legislature, he would become the first openly gay justice of the state Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]

Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket at Sandy Hook funerals

Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists and the "Gods Hate Fags" fundamentalist movement, announced via Twitter on Sunday plans to picket at the scene of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting. [ Read more → ]
Chad Griffin

HRC statement: ‘We mourn today’s horrific tragedy’ in Newtown, Conn.

Friday, December 14, 2012
HRC: “The entire HRC family mourns today’s horrific tragedy in Newtown. We extend condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims as well as to the entire state of Connecticut which is still reeling from this senseless act violence." [ Read more → ]
Joanne Pedersen and Ann Meitzen

Another federal judge rules DOMA unconstitutional

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A federal judge in Connecticut on Tuesday said the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, violates the U.S. Constitution’s right to equal protection. [ Read more → ]
Alexandra Pennell

Police say lesbian student faked threatening, anti-gay notes

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- A lesbian student at Central Connecticut State University, who claimed she was harassed by an anonymous person who left threatening, anti-gay notes under her door, has been charged with writing the notes herself. [ Read more → ]

Connecticut Governor names openly gay man as Chief of Staff

Friday, December 16, 2011
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT -- Mark Ojakian, the openly gay Deputy Budget Director for the state of Connecticut, has been named to the position of Chief of Staff for Governor Dannel P. Malloy. [ Read more → ]
Finizio for Mayor CampaignMayor-Elect Daryl Justin Finizio (right) with his partner Todd Ledbetter, and their dogs.

New London, Conn. elects openly gay attorney as first mayor in nine decades

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- In an historic contest, voters in New London, Conn., chose a political newcomer, openly gay attorney Daryl Justin Finizio as the city's first elected mayor in nearly nine decades. [ Read more → ]

Principal says reaction to gay-themed play shows importance of teaching acceptance

Saturday, October 22, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn. -- School officials at Hartford High School are catching some flack, but standing by their decision to allow production of a gay-themed play, and even made attendance mandatory for some of its students. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian student’s honesty costs her a place at Connecticut Christian school

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Rachel Aviles was one of the most popular kids at The Master's School, a K-12 Christian school in West Simsbury. But when Aviles admitted to administrators that she is a lesbian, she was encouraged to withdraw from the school... [ Read more → ]
Dannel Malloy

Connecticut Governor signs transgender protections bill into law

Friday, July 8, 2011
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy this week signed legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. [ Read more → ]

Connecticut state Senate adds gender identity to anti-discrimination laws

Sunday, June 5, 2011
The Connecticut state Senate early Saturday morning passed a bill that would provide protections from gender identity discrimination under the state's anti-discrimination laws. [ Read more → ]

CT congressman wants same-sex ceremonies permitted on naval facilities

Thursday, June 2, 2011
U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Wednesday sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, asking him to uphold an April decision allowing same-sex ceremonies to be held at naval facilities. Connecticut is home the Naval Subase New London. [ Read more → ]
Anthony (left) and Shawn Raftopol, with their daughter Zoe, also born to a surrogate in 2006.

Connecticut ruling grants gay couple parenting rights in surrogacy case

Friday, January 21, 2011
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a gay couple who were denied parental rights by the state after they used a surrogate to give birth to their child. The court's decision is being hailed as a victory for both same-sex couples and any other parents that use surrogates. [ Read more → ]
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