NH to ban transgender discrimination

May 04, 2018

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

On Wednesday, May 2 the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill to add gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination laws. This would protect transgender residents from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation (such as hotels, restaurants, and gyms).

The bill, HB 1319, already passed the House. Gov. Chris Sununu is expected to sign the bill into law.

Bill supporters provided many examples of transgender citizens facing harassment and even violence in employment and housing.

“These laws are necessary because of the pervasive discrimination that transgender people face at work, at home and in public. I’m not transgender, but 10, 20 years ago, I experienced these discriminations [as a gay man]. They’re painful.”

- Sen. Dan Innis

Bill opponents expressed concern that the bill was too broadly written, and would give biological men a justification for intruding on women in locker rooms, bathrooms, and other public accommodations.

“This bill would remove privacy rights of my three young daughters in their locker room, my wife at her gym and my 91-year-old mother when she goes to a restaurant with over 25 people. It puts the rights of one group over that of another.”

- Sen. Bill Gannon

Visit our issue pages on Gay and Transgender Rights or Employment Discrimination to learn more.

Do you have an opinion on HB 1319? Let us know in the comments.

Comments

Chuck Malias
- Manchester

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 8:48am

NH is one of the safest states in the US. Suddenly we're supposed to believe that because of this law sexual predators are going to surface and start attacking women and children? That they're sitting around suppressing violent urges waiting for this law to pass and create opportunity? Ridiculous.

Christine Altan
- Exeter

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 3:42pm

Anytime a new issue is introduced to society, prejudice based on fear and the unknown almost always permeates our culture. I believe a solid campaign that softly educates the public on any issue, will assist in helping individuals understand and eliminate possible discrimination towards those who may be perceived as a minority and/or threat. There are many transgender citizens who are successful, influential and contribute to their communities. To view anyone, transgender or not, as a threat to the general public without evidence of ill-intent is nothing less than discrimination. Transgenders are people, like you and I, who have had the courage to be true to themselves even in the face of judgment. Let's show some empathy even if we do not fully understand or grasp this issue and seek to gain knowledge and understanding.

Shannon Turner
- danville

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:59am

Christine, I agree with you but the legislation they are pushing thru is poorly written and will lead to unintended issues with public and female safety, by allowing predators to take advantage of this new law.

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