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Connecticut is the 5th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on January 9, 1788. Its most populous city is Bridgeport, and its capital city is Hartford.

LGBT Rights in Connecticut: Same-sex marriage has been legal in Connecticut since Nov. 12, 2008, under a state Supreme Court ruling on October 10, 2008. Connecticut bans discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in public places, public and private employment, governmental services and in receiving goods and services from public places or governmental institutions. Hate crime laws include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Connecticut allows adoption by single individuals, opposite sex and same-sex couples, married or not.

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Lawsuit alleges detained transgender teen being treated as boy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Lawyers for a 16-year-old transgender girl detained in Connecticut say she's being forced to wear male clothing and officials are calling her by her male birth name. The allegations come in a revised federal lawsuit filed Monday. The girl, known only in court documents as Jane Doe, is suing state child welfare and prison...

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Transgender teen back in custody following escape

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A troubled transgender girl whose confinement case has attracted national attention escaped from a Connecticut treatment program Tuesday and was found by police several hours later, state officials said. The teenager has been moved several times since a judge in April ordered her to be imprisoned without criminal charges at the...

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Conn. Supreme Court affirms pre-gay marriage rights in landmark ruling

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut's highest court ruled Wednesday that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's approvals of civil unions in 2005 and same-sex marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters call the first of its kind in the country. The state Supreme Court issued a 6-0 decision overturning two lower court rulings and allowing ...

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Transgender girl moved to male facility following alleged assault

Monday, July 14, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A transgender girl has been moved to Connecticut's juvenile home for boys after she was accused of assault, the latest transfer of a troubled teenager who was sent to a psychiatric facility after supporters protested her confinement in a women's prison without criminal charges. The Department of Children and Families said Sunday...

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Middletown, Conn., fires transgender officer who claimed discrimination

Monday, June 30, 2014
Former Middletown Police Officer Francesca Quaranta in her Newington, Conn., home on June 16,  2014. Middletown's mayor Daniel Drew fired the transgender police officer, who had complained of discrimination.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- When Francesca Quaranta told her fellow police officers in 2012 that she was transgender, she said it began a long and harsh career decline that included discrimination and harassment and culminated with her firing last week. Quaranta, 47, believes her case against the city of Middletown will end up in federal or state court and hopes...

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Jailed transgender teen to be moved to children’s psychiatric center

Monday, June 23, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A transgender girl detained without criminal charges at an adult women's prison in Connecticut will be moved to a unit for troubled girls in state custody, Connecticut's Department of Children and Families said Friday.

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Private youth treatment center accepts jailed transgender teen

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A 16-year-old transgender girl detained without criminal charges at an adult women's prison in Connecticut for the past two months has been accepted into a private treatment center for youths in Massachusetts, the top child welfare official in Connecticut said Thursday.

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Peers cheer as openly gay teen crowned ‘prom queen’ at Conn. high school

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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DANBURY, Conn. -- An openly gay teen was crowned Prom Queen at Danbury High School in Danbury, Conn., on Friday to the cheers of fellow students.

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Transgender teen relocated in Connecticut prison

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A transgender teenage girl imprisoned after the Connecticut Department of Children and Families said she was too violent to be in its custody has been relocated to another part of the state women's prison, although her supporters still say she remains isolated to the detriment of her mental health.

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Jailed transgender teen’s advocates concerned about isolation

Monday, May 12, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A transgender teenage girl detained without being charged at Connecticut's adult women's prison is being held in isolation more than a month after being sent there by a state judge, her lawyer said Monday.

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