CONCORD, N.H. — Today marks the 7th annual Transgender Day of Visibility. The observance takes place on March 31 of every year, and was created to raise awareness about transgender individuals, their important contributions to society and to educate the public about the unique challenges and discrimination they face.
This year’s TDOV comes in the same month that the New Hampshire legislature blocked a bill to update the state’s civil rights laws to include explicit nondiscrimination protections for transgender individuals in housing, employment and public spaces, such as hospitals, parks and stores. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does not extend these nondiscrimination protections to transgender residents.
“This has been a bittersweet year for New Hampshire’s transgender community,” Linds Jakows, campaign manager of Freedom New Hampshire, said. “While we are deeply disappointed that the legislature refused to protect transgender people from discrimination, we are proud of the momentous strides Freedom New Hampshire and our allied partners have made in introducing elected officials, business leaders and the general public. We still have a lot of work to do, and the Transgender Day of Visibility is the perfect opportunity to continue our educational efforts.”
This year, Freedom New Hampshire is recognizing this important day by encouraging Granite Staters to take part in the #EveryoneWelcome campaign. With this campaign, participants make a short 30-60 second video to shine a light on the transgender community and to let them know they are are a welcome and important part of society.
“By taking part in the #EveryoneWelcome campaign, Granite Staters from all walks of life can show the rest of the world that we support freedom and opportunity for everyone, including transgender people and their families.”
To learn more about the #EveryoneWelcome campaign, please visit: http://action.freedomnh.org/page/s/tdov.