Last week, lawmakers officially introduced HB 478, legislation to extend non-discrimination protections to transgender Granite Staters—and within a day, municipal backing for the bill began to roll in.
On Thursday, the Portsmouth City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution in support of statewide transgender non-discrimination protections under HB 478.
Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine led the initiative, saying “Portsmouth has been a longtime leader in supporting equality for our citizens. It’s simply unfair to discriminate against transgender residents.”
The motion received strong support from Mayor Jack Blalock and members of the City Council.
Portsmouth is one of ten New Hampshire cities that have passed resolutions or other measures in support of transgender non-discrimination. In addition to the recent resolution in support of statewide protections, Portsmouth has passed legislation to protect local city workers against discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
“Portsmouth has been a longtime leader in supporting equality for our citizens. It’s simply unfair to discriminate against transgender residents.” -Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine
This rising tide of local support signals a readiness on the part of Granite Staters to see full equality enacted across New Hampshire. Adding “gender identity” to the list of classes protected under state law would not only ensure fair and equal treatment for all Granite Staters—regardless of whether or not someone is transgender—it would also offer clarity for cities which, under current state law, must enforce a confusing and irregular patchwork of protections.
If you stand with Portsmouth, and a vast majority of Granite Staters across New Hampshire in support of a commonsense update to ensure fair and equal protections for transgender people under New Hampshire law, click here to sign the pledge now.