Connecticut governor signs bill banning ‘gay panic defense’

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | Connecticut’s governor signed legislation June 21 banning use of the so-called “gay or trans panic” defense in criminal cases.

The defense is a controversial legal strategy that seeks to use a victim’s sexual orientation or identity as justification for a violent crime. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said that implies the life of a gay or transgender person is valued less than others and Connecticut won’t allow homophobia and transphobia to justify violent crime.

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Proposed LGBTQ health organization clears Connecticut House

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | Legislation aimed at better matching members of Connecticut’s LGBTQ community with health and other services has cleared a key vote.

The House of Representatives voted 130-6 May 20 in favor of a bill that creates a new organization to recommend to state officials ways to build a safer and healthier environment for the LGBTQ community. The Department of Public Health would provide funds to help the network develop a statewide needs assessment and ultimately help coordinate care with nonprofit agencies.

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HIV cases increased 4 percent in Connecticut in 2017

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | Connecticut health officials say the number of cases of human immunodeficiency virus in the state increased 4 percent in 2017.

The state Department of Public Health recently released the HIV figures, which show that 281 people were newly diagnosed with the virus in 2017. That’s up from 269 cases in 2016. Nearly half the new cases were among gay men.

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McDonald’s appears to dig at Chick-fil-A with ‘We Welcome Everyone’ sign

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A McDonald’s located in Glastonbury, Connecticut seemed to be making a statement to a nearby Chick-fil-A when it put up a “We Welcome Everyone” sign.

According to NBC Connecticut, a Chick-fil-A will open next door to the McDonald’s location today. The sign has been up for about three weeks and some people believe it was a message to the notoriously anti-LGBT franchise.

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Hawaii governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday signed into law a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors.

“Sexual orientation is not an illness to be ‘cured’ — we accept you just the way you are,” said Ige in a tweet that included a picture of him signing the bill.

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Connecticut recruiting LGBTQ families to adopt, foster kid

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ABOVE:  Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy. Image from Governor Malloy’s Facebook.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s child welfare agency has launched an initiative to actively recruit members of the state’s LGBTQ community to become foster and adoptive parents, bucking recent efforts in some states to curtail gay adoptions.

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Connecticut city’s elected body eliminates gender pronouns

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The legislative body in Stamford, Connecticut, has removed gender pronouns from its written rules.

The Board of Representatives voted last week to remove “he/she” and “his/her” from its rules of order, replacing them with specific titles, including president and clerk, the Advocate newspaper reported.

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Yale sues Connecticut over gender-neutral restrooms

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Yale University is suing Connecticut over its plan to turn single-user restrooms into gender-neutral bathrooms at its law school.

The New Haven Register reports the state building inspector’s office previously denied the school’s request for an exemption from the state building code requiring that a certain number of bathrooms in every building be assigned by gender.

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Connecticut latest state to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy for youth

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Connecticut has become the latest state to ban for youth the widely discredited practice of “ex-gay” conversion therapy in the aftermath of Gov. Dan Malloy signing the prohibition into law.

Malloy signed the measure — House Bill 6695, also known as An Act Concerning the Protection of Youth from Conversion Therapy — on Tuesday night, justifying it by saying in a statement “at a time when we see LGBTQ youth turning to suicide at record rates, to remain silent is to be complicit.”

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Transgender candidate: Race for governor not about gender

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)- Connecticut’s first transgender candidate for governor says her bid for the office isn’t about her gender.

Democrat Jacey Wyatt, a businesswoman from Branford, says she doesn’t like what she sees happening in the state and believes a political outsider can bring a new perspective and fresh ideas. Wyatt recently filed paperwork to run in the 2018 election. She appeared Sunday on WFSB-TV’s “Face the State” political affairs program.

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Properties honoring US LGBTQ history, civil rights named among 10 national historic landmarks

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Two Connecticut properties, the James Merrill House in Stonington and the Steward’s House in Cornwall, are among 10 nationwide being designated as historic landmarks.

They were announced Nov.2 by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service and are properties recognized as having exceptional value to the nation.

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Orlando charities learn from prior mass killings mistakes

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – In the days after the June 12 attack on the Pulse nightclub, other victims of mass shootings reached out to the survivors and their families to ensure that mistakes made with charity efforts after previous attacks were not repeated.

Anita Busch, whose cousin Micayla Medek was killed with 11 others in a Denver-area theater attack in 2012, said those families had to scrape and claw and still wait months for help.

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