Portsmouth City Councilor Takes to Social Media for #EveryoneWelcome Campaign to Highlight Support for Transgender Non-discrimination March 28, 2017

Portsmouth City Councilor Nancy Pearson is speaking out in support of transgender non-discrimination, and she’s using Facebook to do it.

Councilor Pearson posted a personal and heartfelt video this morning as part of the #EveryoneWelcome campaign, a nationwide social media campaign that asks users to make a short video that shines a light on who transgender people are and sends the message that they are welcome in all public spaces.


In it, she talks about her fears—some big, some small—making the point that although we all have fears, no one should have to fear being discriminated against because of who they are. Yet that’s the fear that transgender people face every day in New Hampshire, where the state non-discrimination law does not include protections on the basis of “gender identity.”

Councilor Pearson released her video in support of transgender non-discrimination to coincide with Friday’s Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOR), a celebration of the transgender community that occurs annually on March 31st.

The #EveryoneWelcome campaign is also ramping up for TDOR. If you support transgender equality and want to participate, it’s easy:

  1. Think about what you want to say in support of transgender equality.
  2. Record a 30-60 second video of yourself speaking your mind.
  3. Post your video to social media using the hashtag #EveryoneWelcome and #TransBillNH.

And if you need help on what to say, click here for inspiration and to learn more about the campaign.