GLAD’s Jennifer Levi Testifies in Support of Modernizing Process for Amending CT Birth Certificates
GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi testified today in support of CT HB 7006, An Act Concerning Birth Certificate Amendments.
HB 7006 would modernize Connecticut's standard for correcting birth certificates issued to transgender people who are born in Connecticut. The bill would revise Connecticut law to reflect the contemporary medical standard of care for transgender people and make it possible for transgender people to have documentation that recognized their lived experiences and that diminishes their exposure to discrimination, harassment, and violence.
Excerpts from Levi's testimony:
"It is important for a transgender person’s emotional well-being that everything in their life aligns with their chosen name and gender identity.In addition, transgender people still face serious discrimination in their lives, and a mismatch between a person’s gender identity and the sex listed on an identification document can result in “outing” the person and increasing the chances that the person will be discriminated against or be subjected to harassment or violence. Not having documentation that matches a person’s gender identity can lead to discrimination in housing, education, and employment, and increases the risk that a person may be reliant on government support for basic subsistence. Also, in this age of increased security, a gender mismatch on an identification document makes every day experiences more challenging.
The current standard for correcting gender designations on birth certificates [in Connecticut] is outdated and not supported by contemporary medical views... The proposed amendment would bring Connecticut in line with 7 other jurisdictions and several federal agencies who have modernized their birth certificates standards. Included among them are the states of Rhode Island, New York, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California, as well as the District of Columbia. Federal agencies that revised their standards include the State Department, Veterans Administration, Social Security Administration, Office of Personnel and Management, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Connecticut’s Registry of Motor Vehicles also allows transgender people to change the gender designation on their driver’s licenses with no requirement for surgery."
You can read Levi's complete submitted written testimony here.
Public hearing for HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination
The Connecticut Judiciary Committee Public Hearing on HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination took place on March 21, 2011.
If passed, HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination will add gender identity and gender expression to CT non-discrimination law.
Jennifer Levi, GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project Director, was among the many who testified in support of the bill. You can read Jennifer’s testimony here.
For more information about the bill and to get involved, visit ctEquality.org
CT Transgender Non-Discrimination Legislation Resources
Lobby Day for the Connecticut Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill (HB 6452) is scheduled for
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Legislative Office Building in Hartford
300 Capital Ave, Hartford; Room 1D
On Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Anti-Discrimination Coalition will be holding its Lobby Day for the Trans Anti-Discrimination Bill at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
This is your chance to learn about the Gender Identity and Expression Anti-discrimination bill [HB 6452] raised in the upcoming CT Legislative session and its impact on our state’s residents. And most importantly you will have the opportunity to talk to your representatives about the bill and why it is important, with materials provided by the Anti-Discrimination Coalition.
For up to date information, please visit: www.transadvocacy.org
Download information and resources on this important legislation below:
Equality on the Ballot
November 4 will be a day of significance for LGBT people all over the country – not only because of the enormity of the presidential choice. Four states – California, Connecticut, Florida and Arizona – have questions about marriage equality on the ballot, and their outcome - particularly that in California - could set the marriage movement either forward or backward. State and national LGBT organizations, including GLAD, are uniting to support these critical state-level battles.
All eyes are on California’s high-profile battle over Proposition 8, which seeks to eliminate the right of gay and lesbian Californians to marry. Same-sex couples have been marrying on the West Coast since June, when the state’s highest court issued a strong decision making California the second state – after Massachusetts – where marriage equality is the law of the land.
Because California is such an important state – politically, population-wise, and symbolically – anti-gay foes are pulling out all the stops. Because people around the country stepped up and helped Massachusetts defend marriage equality, and because it’s so important, GLAD is doing its part for California.
At our Summer Party, we raised $34,000 for Equality for All, thanks to a generous match from Scott Davenport. GLAD’s Board of Directors voted to contribute an additional $25,000 and we are jointly signing a fundraising letter with the other national LGBT organizations
Polls are showing that this battle is extremely close. But it is winnable if our side can raise enough money to put and keep advertisements on the air. GLAD is urging everyone to consider making a contribution by visiting http://noonprop8.com/home—and also to make sure all your Californian family and friends are voting the right way in November.
Every twenty years, Connecticut’s ballot includes the question: “Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the state?” 2008 is such a year. The Connecticut’s Supreme Court, issuing a decision October 10 in GLAD’s marriage case, Kerrigan & Mock v. Department of Public Health, has ruled that gay and lesbian couples in the state are entitled to nothing less than full marriage equality. As a result, those urging voters to vote “yes” on a Constitutional Convention are animated in large part by anti-gay forces, because it would give them another chance to thwart marriage equality. GLAD is playing a key role in a coalition of progressive organizations called Connecticut Vote No, serving on the steering committee, setting strategy, and contributing financially.
We urge everyone, especially Connecticut residents, to visit the website http://www.ctvoteno.org where you can learn about the question, add your name to a list of those who will vote “no” and make a contribution. We have all worked too hard for marriage equality to let it slip away!
Florida does not have marriage equality – but it does have an anti-marriage equality question, in the form of a constitutional amendment, on November’s ballot. Florida, however, is the only state in the country which requires that 60% of those voting approve the amendment in order for it to pass. Pro-equality forces, led by the SayNo2 campaign, are optimistic that they can block the amendment, given sufficient support.
According to Elliot Williams of SayNo2, “Every dollar we raise will go toward buying more media time, which will be the key to victory.” GLAD encourages our supporters to visit http://www.sayno2.com to learn more about the question and make a contribution. And don’t forget to urge Florida family and friends – parents, anyone? – to vote no. To have such a win in a “non-blue” state would make a huge statement – and help our friends in Florida move toward full equality.
Proposition 102 represents the second time that voters in Arizona will vote on barring gay people from marrying. The anti-gay measure was defeated in 2006 in part because it appeared that it would also harm straight senior citizens. That vote gave Arizona the distinction of being the only state in the nation to reject an anti-marriage equality constitutional amendment.
But this time, the target is clear: the proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution would define marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman, and would prohibit the state from creating or recognizing any legal status for unmarried persons that is similar to that of marriage.
The Arizona Together coalition is fighting the measure. To find out how to support their campaign, visit http://www.aztogether.org.
If the voters reject all four of these questions, it will build momentum and send an important message on how far the country has moved toward equality. Please consider supporting any one of these campaigns and please spread the word.
Efforts Underway to Add “Gender Identity or Expression” to CT Non-Discrimination Law
Proposed legislation would add “gender identity or expression” to Connecticut’s non-discrimination law, thereby prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in education, employment, housing, public accommodations and lending. Should this bill pass, Connecticut will be joining 13 other states and Washington, D.C. in protecting its residents from this kind of discrimination.
The proposed bill, HB 5723, “An Act Concerning Discrimination” had a public hearing on Wednesday, March 19 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. GLAD Attorney Jennifer Levi presented testimony at the hearing.