It would make New Hampshire the final New England state to enact such protections.
For one, the editorial board enthusiastically endorsed the bill, asking New Hampshire state legislators who opposed HB 478 to “open their hears and minds and listen to transgender people when they talk about their lives.” The paper also published an extensive feature story on the bill, sharing the personal stories of New Hampshire transgender residents and highlighting the fact that 15 percent of the state’s respondents to the 2015 U. Transgender Survey said that they had lost a job due to discrimination.
New Hampshire is the only state in New England that doesn’t yet have statewide protections for transgender people.
But LGBT advocates believe that 2018 is the year when the Granite State will finally join its neighbors—after House Bill 478, the last legislative attempt to protect transgender people, got tabled last year. The new bill, like HB 478, would simply add the category of gender identity to New Hampshire’s existing non-discrimination legislation, which covers employment, housing, and public accommodations.“We are introducing the bill with the same exact language, the same protections—it just has a different bill number this year,” said Linds Jakows, campaign manager for the organization Freedom New Hampshire in an interview with The Daily Beast.
“They’ll come to New England, they’ll come to Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, but they’ll avoid New Hampshire.” “A lot of people look at what states are safe for them when they plan on going on vacation,” Jakows told The Daily Beast.
Somersworth resident and newly elected School Board member Gerri Cannon enjoyed a great job in the computer industry for more than 31 years, but she still wasn’t happy.
“The challenge at work was when I was in the process of coming out and I would travel for business and I’d be in some other part of the country, in the evening hours I would get dressed up as a female.