UConn Updates Anti-Discrimination Policies

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s flagship university has updated its policies to prohibit discrimination against people who choose to live as the sex in which they were not born, or who have changed genders.

The University of Connecticut’s board of trustees this week approved changes to its anti-discrimination policies, which also were updated to remove “mental retardation” and replace it with “intellectual disability.”

The changes were adopted to bring UConn’s policies in line with new state laws that prohibit discrimination against transgendered people. They also remove the “retardation” term, which many have said is outdated and insensitive.

People with gender identity issues had repeatedly asked the General Assembly to include the protections in state law, saying they’ve experienced discrimination with employment, housing and other matters.

UConn’s trustees approved the policy changes unanimously Thursday.

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