CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 478 on Tuesday, February 21 at 1:15 PM ET. Supporters will be on hand waving signs and encouraging lawmakers to support the measure shortly before the hearing begins.
House Bill 478, sponsored by state Rep. Ed Butler, D-Harts Location, aims to update the state’s existing civil rights laws to provide explicit nondiscrimination protections to transgender individuals in housing, employment and public spaces, such as parks, restaurants or hospitals.
New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does not provide these protections to transgender individuals.
“Everyone should be treated fairly and equally under New Hampshire state law, including transgender residents, visitors and their family members,” said Linds Jakows, Campaign Manager for Freedom New Hampshire. “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 we are.”
The measure has already gained widespread, bipartisan support. During the hearing, committee members will hear from business leaders, members of the clergy, public safety officials, educators and transgender Granite Staters.
“People from all walks of life understand that updating state laws to protect transgender individuals from discrimination is good for business, it increases public safety and is just the right thing to do,” Jakows added.
WHAT: Sign-waving and hearing on House Bill 478
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21 at 1:15 PM ET
Legislative Office Building 305-307
33 North State St.
Concord, NH 03301