Thursday, May 03, 2018

Breaking News! New Hampshire

New Hampshire legislature overnight passed a gender identity/expression non-discrimination bill.
Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill Sent to Governor
The New Hampshire Senate is voting this week on whether to expand the state's anti-discrimination law to include transgender people.
U.S. News and World Report
By Holly Ramer, Associated Press
May 2, 2018, at 7:15 p.m.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The state Senate on Wednesday sent a bill protecting transgender people from discrimination to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who said he will sign it.

The bill, which passed the House in March, would ban discrimination based on gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations, in addition to the protections that already exist based on race, sex, religion and sexual orientation. It passed the Senate 14-10, with four Republicans joining all 10 Democrats in voting yes.

Among the supporters was Sen. Dan Innis, R-New Castle, said everyone in the "Live Free or Die" state should have the same protection, including the estimated 4,500 transgender residents.

"I don't understand, I admit that, just as many of you don't understand me. That's not what we're asking for in this bill," said Innis, who is gay. "These laws are necessary because of the pervasive discrimination that transgender people face at work, at home and in public. I'm not transgender, but 10, 20 years ago, I experienced these discriminations. They're painful."
New Hampshire was the last New England state to pass a non-discrimination bill to protect us.

Now we need to concentrate on New York and Pennsylvania to pass a gender inclusive non-discrimination laws. New York only has an executive order protecting us and you know how easy it is for the next governor to reply executive orders.

Congratulation New Hampshire!

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