FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 30, 2018
Linds Jakows, Freedom New Hampshire Campaign Manager
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Freedom New Hampshire Responds to Governor Sununu’s Support for Transgender Nondiscrimination Bill
CONCORD, N.H. —Governor Chris Sununu is ready to see transgender Granite Staters protected from discrimination in New Hampshire, sharing his support for transgender nondiscrimination protections in a conversation with Dave Solomon of the Union Leader. The bipartisan HB 1319 will provide protections for transgender Granite Staters in employment, access to housing, and public spaces like restaurants, shops, and government buildings. The House Judiciary Committee will hear HB 1319 tomorrow, January 31st, following a rally hosted by Freedom New Hampshire.
According to Solomon, “Sununu threw his support behind efforts to guarantee transgender civil rights protections in employment, housing and public accommodations.” He quoted the Governor as saying, “I’m inclined to move forward with it.”
“We applaud Governor Sununu’s leadership and recognition that transgender Granite Staters deserve the opportunity to work hard and provide for their families like anyone else,” said Linds Jakows, Campaign Manager for Freedom New Hampshire. “The momentum is undeniable – it’s past time to provide nondiscrimination protections for our transgender friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members. We hope Governor Sununu will continue to move New Hampshire forward and send a message that our state is open to all, including transgender people and their families.”
This is not the first time Governor Sununu has weighed in on the issue of transgender freedom. He came out in opposition to President Trump’s now infamous tweet banning transgender troops from serving in the military, saying, “I think that anyone who is willing to stand up and fight for this country should have the ability to do so.” Governor Sununu also established a Civil RIghts Unit at the New Hampshire Department of Justice in December 2017, specifically referencing the need to address discrimination against transgender people in New Hampshire.
“We know transgender freedom is still a new issue for many of us,” added Jakows. “What we see time and again is that as Granite Staters get the opportunity to meet their transgender neighbors, they come to understand that HB 1319 is about nothing more than giving everyone – including transgender people – the opportunity to truly live free. Support for transgender freedom has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years, and we ask Governor Sununu and the New Hampshire legislature to support HB 1319 and do all they can to make New Hampshire the Live Free or Die state for all.”
Supporters of nondiscrimination legislation in New Hampshire will host a rally tomorrow, Wednesday, January 31 from 10:30am-11:30am in front of the Legislative Office Building just before the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on HB 1319 at 1:00pm. HB 1319 will update the existing nondiscrimination law by providing protections for transgender Granite Staters in employment, access to housing, and public spaces like restaurants, shops, and government buildings. The rally will include a news conference at 11:00am featuring business leaders, legislators, people of faith, and transgender citizens and their families before they provide testimony to the Judiciary Committee. All spokespersons will be available for media following the rally.