• "It's About Social Justice": Lamont Signs Law Requiring Hair Stylists To Learn About Textured Hair

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    On Monday, Governor Ned Lamont visited the Vanity Studio in Stamford for a bill-signing ceremony for Senate Bill 178, now Public Act No. 24-53, An Act Requiring the Education and Training of Barbers, Hairdressers and Cosmeticians to Include Working with Textured Hair, which refers to hair that is coiled, curly or wavy.

    The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and other activists said the new law is about equity because "equitable hair care is a civil rights issue."

    The new law takes effect on July 1, 2024, and follows similar legislation passed in New York in 2023, and by the Board of Cosmetology in Louisiana in 2021.

    Connecticut State Senator Patricia Billie Miller (D-Stamford) co-sponsored the legislation.

    "For me, it’s about social justice, it’s about inclusivity, it’s about making sure that there’s equity, because I was one of those individuals where doors were closed on me,” Miller told the Greenwich Time.

    Lamont connected the new bill to Juneteenth and a "never-ending battle" against racism.

    “What Juneteenth means to me is it’s a battle that never ends. We keep going,” Lamont said. "This is just one more small way that we’re able to fight this battle."

    The new law is meant to build on the CROWN Act, “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” which was signed into Connecticut law in 2021 to prohibit discrimination based on "hairstyles that are commonly associated with people of color, such as afros, afro puffs, Bantu knots, braids, cornrows, locs, twists, headwraps, and wigs."

    Governor Lamont described the CROWN Act as "critical to helping build a more equitable society.”

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    Paul O'Rorke

    "What Juneteenth means to me is it’s a battle that never ends. "

    I don't get it. The objective is to achieve equality or keep the conflict going?

    I am confused by this.

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