Today, lawmakers officially filed House Bill 478, legislation that would update New Hampshire’s Law Against Discrimination to include protections on the basis of “gender identity.”
The much-anticipated legislation was pre-filed last month by Rep. Ed Butler, who had until the January 6th deadline to gather co-sponsors for the bill.
As of today’s filing, HB 478 has eleven co-sponsors, including three Republicans, one of whom is Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley.
This marks strong bi-partisan support for the non-discrimination legislation and signals a rising tide of acceptance for and understanding of who transgender people.
Ultimately HB 478 is a commonsense update to long-standing state laws. New Hampshire has prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, physical or mental disability, religious creed, and other categories for decades. In 1998, the legislature updated state laws to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation.
HB 478 would ensure that transgender people are afforded these same protections, and cannot be fired, evicted, or denied service just because of who they are.
With bipartisan support for transgender non-discrimination at record highs, our chances to advance these critical protections have never been better. Help pass HB 478 and send a message to your lawmakers now urging them to support the bill.