CONCORD, N.H. — Transgender advocates have a new ally in the New Hampshire State Senate: Senator-Elect Kevin Cavanaugh. The Manchester Democrat, who recently won his seat in a special election, believes that all Granite Staters should be treated fairly and equally, including transgender individuals and their families.
“Everyone who lives, works or visits our state should be protected from discrimination,” Cavanaugh said. “I am proud to stand with the state’s business leaders, both large and small, as well as public safety officials, and working families to extend nondiscrimination protections for transgender residents in housing, employment and public services.”
To date, organizations such as the state’s Business and Industry Association, Chiefs of Police Association and more have publicly advocated for legislation to update the state’s nondiscrimination laws to protect transgender people in the state from discrimination in housing, employment and public services.
In March, leadership in the state House of Representatives blocked debate on House Bill 478, a measure that would have extended these important protections to all transgender individuals in the state. An earlier committee supported the measure with an overwhelming, 15 – 2 bipartisan majority.
“Preventing discrimination in New Hampshire will make our state safer, more welcoming and will boost our economy,” Linds Jakows, campaign manager of Freedom New Hampshire, said. “Freedom New Hampshire looks forward to working with leaders in all parties to ensure transgender people can live, work and visit New Hampshire without having to fear discrimination.”