CT Governor Malloy Rejects Pullback of Federal Transgender Protections

March 7, 2017

Transgender students of Connecticut public schools will not be effected by President Trump’s decision to repeal all federal protection for students using the locker rooms and bathrooms that match their gender identity.

“Despite the actions taken by the federal government,” said Governor Malloy, “the Sate of Connecticut remains committed to ensuring that every student has access to a high-quality education in a safe, supportive and welcoming school environment.”

Malloy has been known to fight for transgendered rights. In 2011, legislation was sponsored by Malloy to “prohibit discrimination in various contexts on the basis of gender identity or expression.” (Public Act 11-55).

Though this is a step forward in recognizing transgendered people’s rights, this order is only for public institutions. Schools like the University of New Haven will not have to adhere to this new law. It is at the discretion of the school administration to decide how to go about this current social issue.

In a 2014 interview with Charger Bulletin Editor Samantha Mathewson, the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Rebecca Johnson said “we need to think about being a university welcoming to all students.”

The University’s progressive polices are not new. Since 2014, the University has implemented gender neutral housing as an option for those who seek it. On campus, the university has several unisex restrooms located in buildings around campus including Kaplan, Maxcy, the Rec Center, and the library. These restrooms have been in place for at least three years now.

As the topic of inclusivity has grown on campus, the University has tried to stay ahead of the curve by implementing gender neutral bathrooms, the Diversity Center, inclusivity programs, Campus Climate meetings and open forums.

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