SDE: Sexual Orientation Information and Resources

Sexual Orientation Information and Resources


1997 Amendment to CGS Sec. 10-15c Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
In 1997, the state legislature amended Section 10-15c of the General Statutes, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion or national origin, to also prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

SECTION 10-15c

The public schools shall be open to all children five years of age and over who reach age five on or before the first day of January of any school year, and each such child shall have, and shall be so advised by the appropriate school authorities, an equal opportunity to participate in the activities, programs and courses of study offered in such public schools, at such time as the child becomes eligible to participate in such activities, programs and courses of study, without discrimination on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation; provided boards of education may, by vote at a meeting duly called, admit to any school children under five years of age.



  • Truce Colors Resource Guide[PDF]
  • Take It Back: A Manual for Fighting Slurs on Campus [PDF]
    Look around your school. There are countless differences among the people you see - differences in race, ethnicity, gender, cultural heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation, economic class, age, physical and mental ability, and many others. Instead of being embraced as expressions of diversity, these differences are often singled out for ridicule. Name-calling, labeling, harassing remarks, and slurs such as "You faggot!" "Spic" and "You're retarded!" send clear messages to their targets that they are not welcome or "not as good" as others, and contribute generally to a hostile school environment for everyone. Words DO have the power to hurt us!

Organizations that offer support and technical assistance

GLSEN-The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
GLSEN is a national organization fighting to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools.

GLSEN National Office
121 West 27th Street, Suit 804
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212-727-0135.
Fax: 212-727-0254

GLSEN Connecticut Chapter
19 Marvel Road
New Haven, CT 06515
Tel: (203) 397-5127
Fax: (860) 274-9161

PFLAG - Parents, Families& Friends of Lesbians & Gays
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians& Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 80,000 members and supporters and more than 460 affiliates in the United States.

PFLAG National Office
1726 M Street, NW Suite
400 Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 467-8180
Fax: (202) 467-8194

CT Stonewall Foundation, Inc
Stonewall Speakers
PO Box 6133
Hamden, CT 06517
Tel: (860) 523-9799


If you require further information, please contact:

Dr. Adrian R. Wood

State Title IX Coordinator

CT State Department of Education

Turnaround Office

450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 602

Hartford, CT 06103-1841

Telephone: (860) 713-6795


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