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Working for Transgender Non-Discrimination Protections in New Hampshire

Victory! The Portsmouth City Council passed this resolution on March 3 with a unanimous vote of 9-0! Read more

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Portsmouth Herald/Seacoast Online: City Councilors Should Back Transgender Protections

Testimony from GLAD and Transgender New Hampshire

Background:

GLAD has been working with local partners, including Transgender New Hampshire, to lay the building blocks to winning statewide gender identity non-discrimination protections in New Hampshire.

On March 3, Portsmouth has an opportunity to add a critical building block by being the first city in New Hampshire to provide crucial employment protections for transgender people.

Portsmouth city councilors will consider a proposal brought by Assistant Mayor Jim SplaineA Resolution Directing the City Manager to Adopt a Policy of Non-Discrimination Regarding Transgender Municipal Employees and Supporting Statewide Anti-Discrimination Protections for Transgender Individuals

New Hampshire residents can take action now to encourage the city council to ensure transgender people have the same opportunity as anyone else to get a job and contribute to their town. The resolution also sends the message that New Hampshire should join more than 200 municipalities, 17 states, and the District of Columbia in providing non-discrimination protections for transgender people in all areas of life.

Using this link New Hampshire residents can send a message to all Portsmouth city councilors urging them to support this important resolution. Sample language for your message is provided here, but it's always best to use your own words:

Subject: Transgender Non-Discrimination Resolution

Dear Councilor,

I'm writing to urge your support of the resolution to protect transgender people from discrimination. Any person who applies for a job should be valued by their work ethic and not dismissed simply because of who they are. Transgender people pay taxes and make Portsmouth a more vibrant city; they should have the same opportunities as anyone else. This is a step in the right direction for Portsmouth, and will send the message that we need protections for transgender people in all of New Hampshire.

Sincerely, 
Your Name

 

New Hampshire is the last state in New England to have no non-discrimination protections in place for transgender people.