MEDIA AVAILABILITY: NH House to Debate Transgender Nondiscrimination Bill March 7, 2017

Owen Loftus | [email protected] | 719-406-6564

CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire House of Representatives is expected to vote on House Bill 478 on Wednesday, March 8. The measure, which passed a House committee on a bipartisan 15-2 vote, would update the state’s nondiscrimination laws to include explicit protections for transgender individuals. The protections would apply to housing, employment and public places, such as restaurants, hospitals and parks.

“New Hampshire lawmakers have the opportunity to show what an open and welcoming place our state truly is,” Linds Jakows, campaign manager of Freedom New Hampshire, said. “House Bill 478 will make Granite State businesses more competitive, and our state safer for everyone.”

Currently, New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does not extend its nondiscrimination protections to transgender individuals. That is why business leaders and organizations, such as the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, support the measure.

The legislation is also supported by the state’s top public safety officials, including the N.H. Police Chiefs Association and the N.H. Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

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]