Sununu signs LGBTQ protections

Jun 11, 2018
LGBTQ rights

Last week Gov. Chris Sununu signed two notable bills to protect LGBTQ citizens. LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning.

The first bill, HB 587, prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

The second bill, HB 1319, prohibits discrimination based on gender identity.

NH to ban transgender discrimination

May 04, 2018
gender identity

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.

Should NH add gender identity to state anti-discrimination laws?

Dec 05, 2017
gender identity

New Hampshire Senator Ed Butler (D-Carroll District) is sponsoring a 2018 bill to include gender identity as part of the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

In the bill, HB 1319, "gender identity" is defined as "a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior”, regardless as to whether it differs from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth. 

The bill would apply to employment, housing and public accommodations.

Gender identity a hot topic in 2018

Nov 13, 2017

Last year the New Hampshire Legislature rejected anti-discrimination protections based on gender identity, but the debate isn't over. Next year legislators are sponsoring many bills related to sex reassignment surgery, access to public bathrooms, and other issues related to transgender citizens.

To learn about the current laws around gender identity in New Hampshire, visit our new Gay and Transgender Rights issue page.

NH cities ranked for LGBTQ support

Oct 20, 2017

According to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign, Durham has the most supportive laws, policies, and services for LGBTQ residents in New Hampshire.

The report evaluated municipalities across the nation on twenty-two factors, such as non-discrimination laws, health care benefits for public employees, and law enforcement attention to crimes against LGBTQ residents.

Should NH prohibit firing an employee because of his or her political views?

Oct 19, 2017

The First Amendment protects free speech in public places, but private employers have a lot of power to limit what their employees can or cannot say at work.

Political affiliation - such as Democrat or Republican - is also not a protected class in anti-discrimination laws at the state or federal level.

To learn more about employment discrimination laws in New Hampshire, visit our issue page.

Stronger protections against reverse age discrimination?

Sep 12, 2017
age discrimination

With fewer babies being born since the 1980s and people living longer, the older generation represents a large pool of potential employees in the United States. In fact, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have the top three oldest populations in the country.

While lawmakers are considering many policies to meet the needs of the aging population, some question whether young employees need more protection.

Legislators start filing 2018 bills

Sep 12, 2017
2018 bills

Last week New Hampshire legislators started filing requests for 2018 bills.  Here are some of the highlights so far.

Medicaid Expansion

One of the first bill requests would continue New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program.  Without legislation, New Hampshire's program will end December 31, 2018. 

Does NH need a law to protect religious freedom?

May 15, 2017
religious rights, religion, discrimination, equality

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is a federal law intended to protect the right of individuals to follow their beliefs.

The RFRA, passed in 1993, says that national laws can only limit a person's exercise of religion if there is "a compelling government interest" and there is no other way to satisfy that interest.

Four hours of testimony on transgender rights bill

Feb 22, 2017
gender identity transgender

On Tuesday, February 21 a House committee received four hours of public testimony on a bill that would prohibit discrimination against transgender individuals.

Learn more about gay and transgender rights in New Hampshire.

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