We’re Hiring: Campaign Manager

The Freedom New Hampshire Campaign is hiring a Campaign Manager to lead our efforts to advance transgender non-discrimination protections in New Hampshire in 2017 and build public support for transgender equality across the Granite State. Read the full job description below.

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Campaign Manager

Tentative Start Date: Open until filled

Position Description

Freedom New Hampshire seeks a strategic relationship-builder with background in lobbying, coalition building, organizing, and/or media and communications to manage its efforts to pass statewide legislation. The position runs through March 31, 2017, with possibility of extension through the end of 2017. The Campaign Manager will report to the Freedom New Hampshire steering committee and be based out of the offices of the ACLU of New Hampshire in Concord, NH.

Duties

With the active support and direction of the steering committee, the Campaign Manager will oversee the coordinated execution of all aspects of the Freedom New Hampshire campaign, including lobbying, targeted coalition building and field/grassroots engagement, ongoing work to pass local ordinances, communications/media, and internal campaign communication and administration. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Manage steering committee and ensure appropriate engagement of individual committee members through committee meetings, working groups and one-on-one conversations as appropriate;
  • Manage volunteer and paid lobbying team in creating and implementing lobbying strategy, including engaging in direct lobbying;
  • Identify, track, and generate regular reports of legislative support;
  • Assist lobbying team with finding, preparing and supporting key stakeholders for legislative meetings, including constituents, transgender people, and institutional supporters;
  • Assist communications team with generating and implementing communications strategy; and
  • Ensure coordination of lobbying, organizing and communications efforts.

Qualifications

  • 3 years of experience in lobbying, organizing, and/or communications at an advocacy organization; experience in New Hampshire and/or with the New Hampshire legislature a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated success managing people and teams in a campaign setting.
  • Deep commitment to LGBT equality and, specifically, understanding of transgender issues, civil rights, and the core issues involved in legislative campaigns.
  • Ability to work with diverse individuals, communities, and perspectives, including ability to facilitate coalition or working group meetings to build consensus and forward movement.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.

To apply

To apply, complete our online application form, including uploading your resume and cover letter. Interviews will be on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. No calls please.

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The Impact of Expanded Non-Discrimination Protections? Protecting Our Transgender Friends and Neighbors from Real Harm

December 27, 2016 by admin

We’re counting down the days until the beginning of the 2017 legislative session, where lawmakers will, for the first time in 8 years, consider expanding our state’s non-discrimination protections to cover transgender Granite Staters.

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The change to New Hampshire’s current Law Against Discrimination would be simple—adding “gender identity” to the list of groups protected from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations, such as restaurants, and doctors offices, and government buildings.

But the consequences would be profound for transgender Granite Staters.

For people like Kenzo Morris, protections would ensure fair and equal treatment in public places—like the DMV. When Kenzo visited the DMV shortly after transitioning to update his license to reflect his identity, he provided required documentation to the DMV clerk showing that he underwent surgery—but it wasn’t enough. The DMV worker raised her voice, laughed and pointed at Kenzo for being transgender—and then denied him a new license.

morris-family-3-horiz“I was extremely ashamed and humiliated. No one should have to go through this type of discrimination. We just want to live our lives peacefully like everyone else.”

 

 

For transgender workers like Kaden Michael, protections are about a fair and equal chance to make a living for himself and his family.

Since transitioning, Kaden has found his economic opportunities hamstrung. He’s been harassed at multiple jobs to the point of being forced out of work—all because he’s transgender.

kaden pumpkin-horiz“It’s really hard knowing that any moment, I could be pulled into an office and told I don’t have a job anymore, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. When we don’t have protection in employment, and we’re able to be fired and removed from positions because of how we identify, it’s not only damaging to us and our families, it’s really damaging to the entire community.”

And for young people like Sarah Huckman and Lia Hegarty, protections means a fair shot at a normal life.

Sarah is in high school and competes for her school’s track and cross country teams. But she had to appeal the state body that governs high school sports for the right to participate fully and equally alongside her peers. Until New Hampshire passes statewide transgender protections, this type of red tape could follow her into her adult life and hinder her ability to get a job or buy a house.

hegarty2Lia is in middle school, and has so far been warmly accepted by her peers and school. But her mom, Christy, worries that—because New Hampshire lacks non-discrimination protections—Lia might face workplace discrimination or be denied housing just because of who she is. Christy wants the same opportunities for all of her daughters and that’s why she urgently supports adding “gender identity” to New Hampshire state non-discrimination laws.

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These are the faces and the stories of transgender Granite Staters whose everyday lives would be transformed if the legislature passes expanded non-discrimination protections next year. You can read more of their stories in our story center, here.

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Story of the Year No. 7: Transgender equal rights issues now in the open

December 27, 2016 by admin

CLICK HERE to read the original article on the Concord Monitor.

By ELODIE REED

A bathroom bill in North Carolina – and the ensuing firestorm – led the transgender community to speak out about discrimination, equality and understanding in the Granite State.

Transgender rights will remain in focus during the 2017 legislative session after state Rep. Ed Butler of Harts Location filed a proposal to ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

New Hampshire’s state Senate unanimously rejected a similar bill in 2009. But if Butler is successful this time around, the state will join the rest of New England in having such a law.

In the meantime, a similar anti-discrimination measure was implemented by executive order this past summer by Gov. Maggie Hassan, protecting all employees in state government.

That’s what prompted Laconia resident and longtime New Hampshire Employment Security employee Mikayla Bourque to be interviewed by the Monitor.

As one of the state’s first openly transgender employees, she said she was eager about the prospect of her health insurance covering gender reassignment surgery under the new executive order.

Yet Bourque said she “felt more unsafe” than she had in years due to the political climate and focus on the “bathroom bill” debate, which originated with North Carolina’s passage of a law mandating people use the bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates.

In her own daily routine, Bourque said she was told she was in the wrong bathroom several times at a Gilford movie theater. At Wal-Mart, she was followed by teenagers calling her a “man in a dress.”

In addition to Bourque, others who were part of the Monitor’s“Living Transgender” series published in August shared a wide range of personal experiences.

Several University of New Hampshire students questioned whether they belonged on the men’s or women’s sports team, or in athletics at all.

Concord High School embraced the normality that Ray Ramsey felt as a transgender man, and named him the first transgender Homecoming king in 2013.

Dr. Jennifer Madden of Amherst talked about doing what she could to help transgender patients. As someone who said she transitioned herself, she knew the barriers to medical care facing the transgender community.

For Concord salon owner Kae Mason and her family, their Bow cul-de-sac community embraced them, supporting her; her wife, Monica; and the couple’s children as everyone navigated the transition.

Even more voices were added to the transgender experience in New Hampshire earlier this year, when the advocacy group Freedom New Hampshire formed.

The group’s website has been posting stories from other transgender Granite Staters, and it’s also pushing to get an anti-discrimination law passed like the one Rep. Butler has proposed.

Less than 1 percent of New Hampshire residents identify as transgender, according to estimates by the Williams Institute think tank, or between 2,700 and 7,362 adults.

And getting the word out is an ongoing challenge. For instance, when Kae Mason attended Freedom New Hampshire’s first-ever transgender health summit at the University of New Hampshire Law School in Concord on Nov. 19, she was disappointed not to see more of those adults. About 200 registered for the event.

“The attendance was abysmal,” she said. And that seems to be the current trend in New Hampshire’s transgender community: What resources are available are not reaching their intended audience.

“People’s intentions are generally good,” Mason said. “Sadly, I wish we really had more of a movement that had bite to it. That had a grasp on finishing things up.”

Through advertising transgender-friendly service at her business, Salon K in Concord, and using social media to tell her transition story, Mason has already taken to more community organizing on her own.

Mason said she plans on taking her involvement another step.

“I really want to run for some sort of office next election,” she said. She would be the second openly transgender elected official if she won.

From the vantage point of an elected seat, Mason said she feels she could make a bigger difference for the transgender community.

“I feel like I could follow through on things a little better,” she said.

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Anti-Transgender Discrimination Has NC in Shambles—But NH Can Chart A Different Course

December 22, 2016 by admin

North Carolina’s House Bill 2—the most heinous anti-transgender law in the country—was on the verge of being repealed today. But after ten hours of debate, and chaotic back-and-forth between lawmakers, the legislature voted against the repeal, leaving state-sanctioned discrimination in tact.

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Governor Pat McCrory, who recently lost re-election after doubling down on his support for the disastrous law, had called a special session today for the explicit purpose of discussing repeal. However, even though HB2 has cost the state nearly $600 million dollars in revenue and investments, hundreds of thousands of jobs, and led to countless cancelled events—lawmakers doubled-down on their commitment to anti-transgender discrimination. 

In addition to effectively banning transgender people from using public restrooms that align with their gender identity, HB2 also bars municipalities from enacting local laws that would protect transgender people from discrimination. 

Today’s chaotic scene at the North Carolina Capitol building is just the latest incident in a rising trend of anti-transgender backlash across the country. This backlash has hit our neighbor to the south, Massachusetts, where foes of transgender equality are attempting to repeal the state’s new transgender-inclusive public accommodations law at the ballot box in 2018. It’s also happening in Washington, where lawmakers have inexplicably pre-filed a bill almost identical to North Carolina’s “bathroom bill”—despite the undeniable and dire economic and political consequences wreaked by HB2.

In 2017, New Hampshire has the opportunity to chart a different course. Last month, Rep. Ed Butler of Hart’s Location announced he would introduce a bill early next year to update our state’s current non-discrimination laws to explicitly protect transgender Granite Staters from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations, which includes hospitals, restaurants, stores and other public places.

Passing this bill next year will not only help cement our state’s reputation as a place that values freedom above all—it will also give us a competitive advantage by signaling to the nation we are an open and welcoming place to settle down, start a family, and do business.

Make sure your lawmakers know that a vast majority of Granite Staters firmly reject anti-transgender discrimination—and support legislation to ensure transgender people are fairly and equally protected under state law. Click here to send a message urging them to support transgender non-discrimination legislation.

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2016 in Review: The Movement for Transgender Equality in New Hampshire Moves Full Steam Ahead

December 19, 2016 by admin

It’s that time of the year: The time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in 2016—and celebrate the important strides we’ve made to advance transgender equality.

The broad-based campaign we built together in the last six months is what laid the groundwork for 2017, when—for first time in eight years—lawmakers will consider amending New Hampshire state law to explicitly protect transgender Granite Staters from discrimination.

Here are the top three things we have to celebrate as we look forward to 2017.

1. We launched a diverse, nonpartisan campaign dedicated to passing transgender protections

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The September launch of Freedom New Hampshire marked an historic moment in the fight for transgender equality. Never before has there been such a broad-based, nonpartisan campaign—bringing together law enforcement, business voices, faith leaders, elected officials, advocates, and grassroots supporters alike—that is focused on expanding non-discrimination protections for transgender Granite State and building support for their fair and equal treatment under the law.

 

From day one, we’re proud that the voices of transgender people were front and center. Freedom New Hampshire assisted with the Concord Monitor’s multi-part series, which took a personal look at the lives of transgender Granite Staters and some of the issues many grapple with, including lack of personal and economic security.

And the campaign built a robust digital storytelling hub to profile many brave transgender Granite Staters from across the state. Shana Aisenberg shared her story about finding a supportive work environment at the Community School, after struggling years before with job discrimination because of her gender identity.

There’s also the story of the Huckman family, whose 15-year-old transgender daughter Sarah has had to blaze trails at school to ensure that she—and the transgender students who are sure to come after her—have the same opportunities to participate and compete in athletics and other school activities.

And there’s Rachael Booth, a United States Navy veteran who has dedicated her life to public service to help advance transgender equality and show transgender youth that, if they set their minds to it, they can accomplish their dreams.

2. We saw transgender non-discrimination legislation pre-filed in the state legislature

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In November, Rep. Ed Butler of Hart’s Location announced he was pre-filing a bill for the 2017 session that, if passed, would update New Hampshire’s Law Against Discrimination to explicitly protect transgender Granite Staters in housing, employment and public accommodations, which includes hospitals, restaurants, stores and other public places.

“No one should be turned away from a public business, kicked out of their home or be fired from a job simply because of who they are. Everyone should be treated fairly and equally under the law.” —Rep. Ed Butler, Hart’s Location

 


This marks an historic moment for the movement for transgender equality. For the first time in eight years, lawmakers will consider extending explicit non-discrimination protections to make transgender Granite Staters equal under the law.

And the timing couldn’t be more urgent. Today, there are record number of transgender people living openly across the United States—two times more now than in 2011. With this increased visibility comes greater public understanding of what it means to be transgender, and greater acceptance of transgender people.

However, at the same time, we’ve seen opponents of equality emboldened. And recent reports show discrimination and violence against transgender people remains rampant.

The bottom line: Discrimination is wrong. And in the state of New Hampshire, where we value freedom above all else, everyone deserves to be treated fairly and equally under the law—regardless of their gender identity.

That’s why, in 2017, it’s time we pass transgender protections, once and for all. Click here to send a message to your lawmakers now, urging them to support pending non-discrimination legislation.

3. We held the first-ever statewide Trans Health Summit

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On November 19, Freedom New Hampshire convened leaders in health care, legal experts, school administrators, community advocates and transgender Granite Staters for the first-ever TRANSforming NH Healthcare Summit.

This groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind event was dedicated to fostering open discussion of transgender specific health issues and making sure medical professionals and public officials have the tools they need to provide compassionate care.

TRANSforming NH #TransHealthSummit was a major milestone in Freedom New Hampshire’s work to educate the public about who transgender people are and the unique hardships they face. In addition to an impressive, day-long program of panels from some of the region’s leading experts on transgender healthcare and access, hundreds of Granite Staters from all walks of life came out in support of transgender inclusion.

Ultimately, the #TransHealthSummit is testament to the public willingness to better understand our transgender neighbors and friends—and a growing support for their fair and equal treatment under the law.


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After hitting three major milestones in 2016, our momentum is strong. Next year: We take the fight for transgender equality to the State House. And we’d like to count you among our ranks.

If you support passing non-discrimination protections to ensure transgender Granite Staters are treated fairly and equally under the law, add your name to pledge your support.

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From the Top: The Community School Models Respect for Transgender Staff and Students

December 19, 2016 by admin

When Shana moved to New Hampshire twenty years ago, she was happy to find a community in a rural town in the Lakes Region.img_3263

A lifelong professional musician, Shana linked up with area musicians and quickly became a familiar face, known for playing with various ensembles concerts, festivals, contra dances, teaching private music lessons and workshops, and most recently as a church musician.

So in 2012, when Shana decided to start living every day openly as the transgender woman she had, for a long time, known she truly was—there was no chance she could transition quietly.

“Basically, this is a rural community. So everybody knew me,” she said. “They knew me before and they know me now.”

8c3eec09-8064-41c0-bb6e-6ab1b44afce4-1Lianne is Shana’s current employer at The Community School where she was hired as the music teacher in 2014.

Like most everyone else in the town, Lianne has also known Shana for years. But it wasn’t until after Shana transitioned that their relationship became professional. And when she was hired, Shana’s gender identity was not a topic of conversation. What mattered—to Lianne and to The Community School—was that Shana was a good musician, a good teacher, and a great fit for the job.

“Really when I was hired, it was the best thing: There was never any talk at all about [me being transgender],” Shana said. “They knew me as a musician. They had hired me to teach this stewardship for three weeks that went really well. The students liked me. I liked working with them. And during the summer they said, ‘Gee we’d like to offer you a job as a music teacher.’”

The Community School has had transgender-inclusive policies for 15+ years that explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity. But according to Lianne, the Director of the school, those policies are more a formality than anything.

“Don’t just put this as a policy on paper. My advice is overhaul your whole system and work on respect.” -Lianne Prentice, Director of The Community School

“It’s much more about the culture and the modeled expectations,” Lianne said. “I just think we so often show kindness and respect and acceptance that it’s almost a non-issue here because that’s just what we do.”

Kindness and respect are actually written into The Community School’s mission statement. And these values permeate the school body—from the administration down to the students.

For Shana, this type of working environment is a welcome refuge.

Earlier in her life, Shana had tried to transition once before, when she was living in Winchester, VA. But she found that afterward, work dried up. Musicians she had been regularly playing with stopped calling her for gigs, parents canceled lessons, and she was fired from a longtime job due to her new gender presentation.

She ultimately de-transitioned due to many factors, including employment discrimination and issues brought on by the stress of making ends meet. This was the story of discrimination she told to lawmakers at the most recent hearing on #TransBillNH.

Now, Shana is living a fulfilling and happy life as a transgender woman. She’s grateful for Lianne’s support as her employer. But she’s been heartened by the openness and acceptance of the students at The Community School, too.

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Earlier this year, North Carolina was in the national news spotlight when Governor Pat McCrory signed one of the most egregiously anti-transgender laws in the country, specifically targeting transgender people for discrimination by effectively banning them from using public restrooms.

During this dark period, Shana said it was her students who lifted her spirits.

“When there was all this stuff about North Carolina, it actually brought up more anxiety than I had had about bathrooms,” she said. “And so I felt myself feeling heightened anxiety and one day I walked into school and obviously the kids had been hearing about this, and there are signs on the bathroom doors that say ‘This bathroom reserved for humans!’

Yea I about cried when I read that.”

For the students at The Community School, Shana’s gender identity is a non-issue. Lianne considers this a positive result of the culture of respect that the school seeks to foster. But she says non-discrimination protections—both at the micro level in schools, but also at the macro level statewide and federally—are essential to ensuring that there is a baseline of respect and equality in places that don’t have the same explicit commitment to these values that The Community School does.

img_1025-1Her advice to other schools working to implement transgender inclusive policies: Teach respect.

“Don’t just put this as a policy on paper. Really work on integrating learning about people and about what people have to offer. And make that part of what everybody is expected to do in your school.

My advice is overhaul your whole system and work on respect. And if you have a respectful culture then the policies are just extraneous.”

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Somersworth to Hold Public Forum on Local Transgender Non-discrimination Ordinance

December 15, 2016 by admin

Grassroots momentum to fully protect transgender people from discrimination is building, including at the local level.

Members of the Somersworth City Council met last week to discuss expanding the City Pledge Against Discrimination to include protections on the basis of gender identity, and the proposal was favorably received.

Before council members can hold a final vote on the proposed resolution, however, they must convene a public forum for discussion of the issue.

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That forum has been scheduled for January 3rd at 6:30pm and will be immediately followed by a final City Council vote. To attend the public forum and show support for transgender non-discrimination, click here to RSVP.

Right now there are no non-discrimination protections for transgender people under New Hampshire state law, meaning they can be fired, evicted or denied service in public places like restaurants and hospitals—just because of who they are.

The proposed update in Somersworth wouldn’t change that fact, but it would protect the city’s employees from discrimination at work. That’s an important step forward, since local rules and ordinances like this one and those in eight cities and towns across the state help fill the gap left by the lack of statewide protections, ensuring that there are some places in New Hampshire where transgender people can live and work safely.

But this patchwork of laws can be confusing, and it falls far short of what should be afforded to every Granite Stater, no matter where they live—the ability to live their lives without the constant threat of discrimination.

Somersworth’s proposed ordinance is an important step in the right direction, and it sends a message that New Hampshire is more ready than ever to ensure full equality for transgender Granite Staters.

Click here to RSVP to the Somersworth forum and show your support for transgender nondiscrimination.

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Groundbreaking New Survey Shows Transgender Americans Face “Pervasive Mistreatment and Violence”

December 9, 2016 by admin

Although it’s well documented that transgender Americans face unique hardships in their day-to-day lives because of their gender identity, a report released this week by the National Center for Transgender Equality is illuminating the sheer breadth and depth of those hardships.

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The NCTE’s U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) is the largest and most comprehensive survey ever of transgender people and how their experiences in the world differ from the general U.S. population—and the findings are troubling.

Throughout its topline findings, the USTS data shows that “mistreatment and violence” are pervasive in the transgender community. This violence and mistreatment starts the moment a transgender person begins to live a life consistent with who they are, and is experienced in places that many of us expect to feel the most secure: at work, at school, and with our families.

According to the USTS, twice as many transgender people live in poverty (29%) compared to the rest of the population, and nearly a third reported they had been homeless at some point. This is unsurprising given that 30 percent of employed survey respondents said they had been “fired, denied a promotion, or [experienced] some other form of mistreatment” at work—usually verbal harassment or physical and sexual assault.

Being a transgender student is just as hard as being a transgender employee. Nearly a quarter of transgender students said they were physically attacked at school, while 13 percent said they were sexually assaulted. Seventeen percent said the assault and bullying got so bad it forced them to leave school altogether.

And many transgender people cannot even take refuge from these public attacks with their own friends and families. Ten percent of transgender people who are out said a close family member physically attacked them for it. Nearly half reported that they had been sexually assaulted—a rate that’s double what it is in the general population.

This constant mistreatment leads us to the USTS’s most shocking statistic: 40 percent of transgender people attempt suicide at some point in their lives, a rate that is nine times what it is in the general U.S. population.

These findings make clear the costs of discrimination for transgender people: decreased financial security, poorer physical and mental health—and even death. This is why explicit transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections are essential. These protections ensure that transgender people have legal recourse when they experience discrimination in housing, employment or public places—and protections send a message that our transgender friends and neighbors’ lives have equal value.

If you agree that discrimination has no place in New Hampshire, click here to sign the pledge and join our campaign for fair and equal treatment.

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Countdown: Less Than One Month Until Lawmakers Get to Work On Fully Inclusive Non-Discrimination Protections

December 8, 2016 by admin

The first day of the 2017 legislative session in New Hampshire is January 4. That means less than a month until lawmakers return to the State House—and when they do, transgender non-discrimination legislation will be on the agenda.

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Last month, Rep. Ed Butler of Hart’s Location pre-filed legislation that would update our state’s Law Against Discrimination to explicitly protect transgender Granite Staters from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations, which includes hospitals, restaurants, stores and other public places.

This is the first time in 8 years that lawmakers will consider statewide non-discrimination protections to transgender Granite Staters. If the measure passes, New Hampshire will become the 19th state in the nation to provide fully protect transgender people.

New Hampshire’s Law Against Discrimination was last updated in 1998 to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation. Now, nearly 20 years later, New Hampshire legislators will consider adding “gender identity” to the list of protected classes.

Without statewide protections, transgender people living in, working in, and visiting New Hampshire are at heightened risk of discrimination. Some live in daily fear of being fired, evicted, or turned away from a business—just because of who they are..

This isn’t right or fair—and it runs directly counter to New Hampshire’s values of freedom and equal treatment for all.

What’s more, there is now undeniable evidence that anti-transgender discrimination isn’t just bad for the impacted communities—it’s bad for business and for politics.

North Carolina is a perfect case study. Earlier this year, NC Governor Pat McCrory signed the sweeping HB 2 law—a heinous piece of legislation that was first-of-its-kind in explicitly targeting transgender people for discrimination by effectively banning them from using public restrooms.

As a result of the law, the state has lost $600 million dollars from frozen expansions, diverted tourism revenue, and cancelled events. Ultimately, the law also cost Governor McCrory reelection. He conceded defeat just this week.

The message is clear: A vast majority of voters support treating people fairly and equally under the law, regardless of one’s gender identity. And increasingly, businesses are looking to invest in states with stable, flourishing economies—not shackled by controversial and discriminatory politics—where markets are open for business to everyone.

This year, New Hampshire lawmakers have an opportunity to pass non-discrimination legislation to ensure all Granite Staters are protected and equal under the law. It’s good for business, it’s good for communities—and it’s simply the right thing to do.

If you agree, show your support and click here to send a message to your lawmakers now, urging them to support this legislation in 2017.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Conceded After Campaigning in Support of Anti-Transgender HB 2

December 5, 2016 by admin

Today, the republican governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, conceded defeat after weeks of vote recount efforts.

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McCrory leaves a disturbing legacy of anti-transgender discrimination in his wake.

Earlier this year, McCrory signed HB 2, a devastating piece of legislation that was first-of-its-kind in codifying anti-transgender discrimination into law by effectively banning transgender people from using public restrooms.

Since then, there has been a rising tide of opposition—from grassroots supporters, to businesses, to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle calling for repeal of the law.

But Pat McCrory remained staunch in his support of HB 2, ignoring the nearly $600+ million dollar price tag—from frozen investments, diverted tourism revenue, and cancelled events—for discrimination. While his opponent ran on his opposition to HB 2, McCrory’s reelection bid was a referendum on his support for the law.

But on Election Day, North Carolina voters hit the polls in droves to send a strong, clear message: Anti-transgender discrimination has dire consequences.

While other Republicans like Richard Burr and Donald Trump won by healthy margins—at the end of the night, Gov. Pat McCrory was trailing his opponent by thousands of votes. That margin of defeat only continued to wide until today, when he officially conceded.

This marks a crucial victory for the movement for transgender non-discrimination. It shows that voters are willing to break party lines to unseat lawmakers who advance discrimination in their state.

And it signals that, regardless of political and other differences, a vast majority of Americans support treating people fairly and equally under the law.

Those are values that we stand for here in New Hampshire. And we want to make sure that our elected officials are seeing in the news out of North Carolina—and are ready to legislate on behalf of ALL people living in the Granite State in the name of fairness, respect, and equality for all.

Click here to sign the pledge urging Gov.-elect Sununu and other incoming legislators to oppose anti-transgender discrimination, and support legislation to ensure everyone’s fair and equal treatment under the law, regardless of their gender identity.

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