Equality Connecticut Spring 2024 Updates

Celebrating Pride Month 2024 

We can’t wait to celebrate queer and trans joy with you this June! You can connect with Equality Connecticut across the state and virtually at a variety of events and activations. 

Pride Pop Up MarketSign up for free to be a vendor!

Pride in the Park  – June 8, 2024 we’ll be tabling at Triangle Community Center’s Pride in the Park in Norwalk

SAVE THE DATE – Post-Pride Brunch – July 7, 2024 in Waterbury 

Statehouse Round-Up

We have been incredibly busy this legislative session. Our first-ever Legislative Advocacy Day had great turnout, and working with partners and allies, we scored some legislative wins and experienced some challenging losses:

An Act Concerning School Discipline passed! It updates the annual school climate survey to include questions on the safety of LGBTQ+ students, and creates a new position within CSDE, the Director of School Climate Improvement.

An Act Establishing A Task Force To Study The Effects Of Hate Speech And Bullying On Children passed! We will be working with a group of advocates to fill the task force.

An Act Concerning Peer Run Respite Centers for Persons Experiencing Mental Health Crisis passed as part of SB 1, largely due to the efforts of board member Jordan Fairchild of Keep the Promise Coalition. We go back next year for funding.

Fertility Access: Unfortunately, two fertility access companion bills did not make it out of committee. We will need to go back next session.

An Act Concerning Evictions for Just Cause did not pass through the House. We will coordinate with the Just Cause coalition and determine plans for the next session.

Welcome, New Board Members

Our Advisory Board continues to grow, reflecting the richness of our community. This spring, we’d like to welcome to the EqCT Advisory Board:

Melissa Combs (she/her), Out Accountability Project 

Mindy Wallen (she/her), Perrin Family Foundation  

Jordan Fairchild (she/they), Keep the Promise Coalition 

Logan Marshall (he/him), ACLU of Connecticut 

Beth Hamilton (she/her), Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Thank you to all of our Advisory Board members for your contributions to Equality Connecticut!

ICYMI: Equality Connecticut in the News