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UConn Hosts Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Conference

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ About 2,500 people, including 1,900 youth, are gathering at the University of Connecticut for what’s being billed as the largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth conference in the country.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appeared at the opening session of the two-day event, organized by True Colors, a Hartford-based nonprofit group that advocates for youth.

Malloy told the crowd about his support of equal rights over the years. As mayor of Stamford, he testified before the General Assembly in favor of civil unions and same-sex marriage. He has also performed same-sex marriage ceremonies as a justice of peace. In 2008, gay and lesbian couples were allowed to marry in Connecticut following a state Supreme Court ruling.

Same-sex marriage advocates endorsed Malloy for governor in last year’s election.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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