Last night, Sandwich residents gathered for the first of a series of house parties Freedom New Hampshire will be hosting across the state to grow support for statewide non-discrimination protections.
The party was a smashing success, thanks to the hard work of the party’s host, Shana Aisenberg, as well as the state representatives who donated their time to listening, and the transgender Granite Staters who graciously shared their personal stories.
A common theme among those who shared their stories was family—what it’s like to parent a transgender child, and what it’s like to be a transgender parent. One speaker, Stephanie Cawley, spoke about how her family celebrates Mother’s Day. Another speaker, Dan K., has an 11-year-old son who is gender non-binary. Tom Huckman, whose transgender daughter Sarah was profiled last year by Freedom New Hampshire, spoke specifically about the uncertainty Sarah has faced in trying to compete on her school’s track team because of her gender identity.
Shana, the host, spoke about starting her job at the Community School three years ago, and how it made her feel safe and respected to know the school has a workplace policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Now, she is working to help pass #TransBillNH to ensure these same workplace protections are extended to every transgender Granite Stater across New Hampshire.
A board member from the Inter-Lakes School District, Duncan Porter-Zimmerman, also attended. The school is working on a transgender-inclusive non-discrimination policy and could soon be the 18th New Hampshire school district to enact such a policy.
Everyone at the meeting agreed they were ready to support #TransBillNH during the next legislative session, and urged the two state representatives in attendance—Reps. Karel Crawford and Bill Marsh—to work with their colleagues to bring the bill forward again as soon as possible.
Last night’s meeting made it clear that the momentum for #TransBillNH is strong and growing—and that advocates won’t quit until the law protects all Granite Staters from discrimination. If you’d like to host or attend a house party, sign up here and someone from Freedom New Hampshire will be in touch.