Post submitted by Ryan Rowe, HRC’s Associate Regional Field Director for the Northern Region
While 2017 started off with a wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation in states across the nation, New Hampshire is on a different path. HRC has joined Freedom New Hampshire, a coalition committed to moving forward the fight for positive protections for transgender people in the Granite State.
Together with faith leaders, businesses large and small, law enforcement, community advocates, schools and grassroots supporters, Freedom New Hampshire is working to build a groundswell of support for equal treatment of transgender people. The campaign will make the case that discrimination has no place in the Granite State and will urge the New Hampshire General Court to pass House Bill (HB) 478.
Filed in January, HB 478 is a common sense update to long-standing state laws. New Hampshire has prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, physical or mental disability, religious creed, and other categories for decades. In 1998, the legislature updated state laws to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation. When passed, HB 478 will ensure that transgender people are afforded these same protections, and cannot be fired, evicted, or denied service just because of who they are.