CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire House of Representatives will hear House Bill 478 on Thursday, March 9. The measure, sponsored by state Rep. Ed Butler, D-Harts Location, will update the state’s nondiscrimination laws to include protections for transgender individuals in housing, employment and public places, such as hospitals, shopping centers and restaurants.
The measure is supported by a broad coalition of Granite Staters, including business, faith and civic leaders from across the state. The measure has also earned the endorsement of the N.H. Chiefs of Police Association, the N.H. Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Business and Industry Association.
New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does not extend nondiscrimination protections to transgender individuals.
“House Bill 478 will ensure that everyone is treated equally and fairly under the law, without hurting anyone. We urge lawmakers to join the vast majority of Granite Staters who support protecting transgender young people and adults from discrimination and pass this important bill on Thursday,” Linds Jakows, campaign manager of Freedom New Hampshire, said.
WHO: New Hampshire House of Representatives
WHAT: Debate and vote on House Bill 478
WHEN: Thursday, March 9. Session begins at 9:30 AM ET
WHERE: New Hampshire State Capitol
107 North Main St, Concord, NH 03303
NOTE: Reporters who would like to interview a member of the Freedom New Hampshire Coalition, including public safety officials and transgender Granite Staters, can contact Owen Loftus at [email protected] or 719-406-6564.