New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Ready to “Move Forward” on Transgender Non-Discrimination Legislation

By Shane Stahl • January 30, 2018 • 3:26 pm

In an interview with New Hampshire paper The Union Leader, Republican Governor Chris Sununu indicated he supports updating the state’s current non-discrimination laws to include transgender people, which would allow them fair and equal treatment in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

Governor Sununu said: “I haven’t seen the final bill, so I don’t want to be too committal. But yes, I’m inclined to move forward with it.”

The governor’s statement comes one day before HB 1319, coined #TransLawNH by advocacy organization Freedom New Hampshire, is due to be heard in the Statehouse by the House Judiciary Committee. Linds Jakow, campaign manager for Freedom New Hampshire, the campaign to pass non-discrimination protections for transgender people in the Granite State, praised the governor’s comments in a statement:

“We applaud Governor Sununu’s leadership and recognition that transgender Granite Staters deserve the opportunity to work hard and provide for their families like anyone else. We hope Governor Sununu will continue to move New Hampshire forward and send a message that our state is open to all, including transgender people and their families.”

The governor has shown previous support for the transgender community; he spoke out against the Trump administration’s attempt to ban transgender soldiers from serving in the military, and in December created an executive advisory council and an NH DOJ Civil Rights Unit specifically dedicated to preventing discrimination.

To follow HB 1319’s status, use our Legislative Tracker here. To visit Freedom New Hampshire’s website and see their efforts to pass non-discrimination protections for transgender Granite Staters, click here.

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