Major Milestone: HHS Committee Schedules Hearing on HB 478 February 15, 2017

After weeks of grassroots advocacy and meetings with lawmakers, the movement to protect transgender Granite Staters under New Hampshire state law just hit a major milestone.

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House Bill 478 (also known as #TransBillNH)—legislation that would update New Hampshire’s non-discrimination laws to protect transgender people—just scored a committee hearing. The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee is scheduled to debate the bill on Tuesday, February 21 at 1:15 p.m. Click here for more details about our plans for the hearing. 

The hearing will be open for public comment and is expected to draw a wide cross-section of supporters including transgender Granite Staters as well as business, clergy, public safety officials, educators and other allies.

If you would like your statement in favor of #TransBillNH (HB 478) to be submitted to the public record at next week’s hearing, click here to tell us why you support protections for transgender Granite Staters and we will be sure the committee receives your comment.

Linds Jakows, the campaign manager for Freedom New Hampshire, said the bill’s success would be a victory for the values that Granite Staters hold dear:

“Everyone should be treated fairly and equally under New Hampshire state law, including transgender residents, visitors and their family members. House Bill 478 will ensure transgender Granite Staters and their family members can live their lives without having to fear being discriminated against simply because of who they are.”

Lawmakers have been facing increasing pressure to take action on the bill since Rep. Ed Butler of Hart’s Location introduced it on January 12th.

During the last month, supporters have sent thousands of messages to lawmakers urging them to take action on the bill, which needs to be passed out of the committee before it can be heard before the full House of Representatives. Supporters have also hosted several public organizing events, including a lunch two weeks ago attended by a bipartisan group of 100+ lawmakers.

This is the biggest moment the campaign has had to date. It’s a can’t-miss opportunity to make the case for updating our laws to protect transgender Granite Staters from discrimination in housing, employment and public spaces, such as parks, restaurants.

Bottom line: #TransBillNH is about fair and equal protections for our transgender community members. The law already prohibits discrimination based on other factors like sexual orientation, race, and gender. On Tuesday, lawmakers will hear from advocates first-hand why it’s time to expand these protections.

If you would like to attend this public hearing, click here to RSVP with Freedom New Hampshire. Don’t forget to wear green to show your support.  

If you’d like to have your testimony submitted to lawmakers, click here to tell us your story.