Last week we saw a historic victory for transgender people who are incarcerated with the passage of S.B. 13 An Act Concerning Fair Treatment of Incarcerated Women.
We are the first state to pass a law that protects the safety and dignity of transgender people who are incarcerated by acknowledging a person by their gender identity, providing services, clothing, commissary items, programming and educational materials that are consistent with their gender identity. People will also have the right to be searched by a correctional staff member of the same gender identity and will be placed in a correctional institution which is consistent with their gender identity. Thank you goes to Jennifer Levi, our partner at GLAD, for their legal expertise and drafting the bill language that got passed.
Please join us next Wednesday, May 16 for our statewide community conversation to celebrate this historic win and talk about the issues facing our community and how to get more involved with CT Equality.