Contact: Barbara MacLeod
Transgender citizens and advocates will gather before the House votes on historic legislation
CONCORD, N.H. — Supporters of anti-discrimination legislation in New Hampshire will host a rally on Wednesday, March 7th from 9 am – 9:30 am in front of the State House before the House of Representatives votes on HB 1319. The bill 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 recommended HB 1319 “Ought to Pass” with a bipartisan vote last week, after listening to two days of testimony, much of it from transgender residents who have experienced discrimination. If the House approves the measure, the bill then moves on to the NH Senate. Governor Chris Sununu has indicated that he supports the effort to update the state’s existing nondiscrimination law.
The rally will include a news conference at 9:15 am featuring women’s advocates, business leaders, legislators, and transgender citizens and their families. Media availability following the rally.
WHO: Business leaders, women’s and anti-violence advocates, law enforcement officers, and transgender citizens and their families.
WHAT: Rally and news conference to preview legislative testimony on HB 1319 to protect transgender Granite Staters from discrimination in employment, housing, and public spaces.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 7. Rally will take place 9 am – 9:30 am. Short program will take place at 9:15 am. Media availability before or after the event.
HB 1319 has 15 sponsors and 14 cosponsors including 12 Republican legislators. It is endorsed by the bipartisan Children’s Caucus and the Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative. In addition, the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police endorsed HB 1319 saying it will make all of us safer, including transgender people, without causing any uptick in public safety concerns. The NH Business and Industry Association voted unanimously to support HB 1319, saying it will make the state’s economy more competitive. The bill is also endorsed by the House Libertarian Caucus, the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, and the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission. All other states in New England have enacted similar legislation.