CONCORD, N.H. — In a near unanimous vote, the Children’s Caucus will now formally support the newly filed HB 1319. HB 1319 will update New Hampshire’s existing nondiscrimination laws – which currently protect people from discrimination at work, in housing, and in places open to the public – to also protect people who are transgender.
The NH Children’s Caucus is a group of bipartisan legislators committed to the children of New Hampshire. The Caucus voted to support HB 1319 which will affirm the dignity of transgender Granite Staters – including transgender parents and children – and ensure their freedom and opportunity for all.
Below is a statement from Linds Jakows, Campaign Manager of Freedom New Hampshire:
“We’re so proud that HB 1319 has earned the endorsement of the Children’s Caucus. This legislation is critical to ensuring that all children in New Hampshire – including those who are transgender – are safe and protected in the communities they call home. The Granite State should be a land of freedom and opportunity for all, and HB 1319 will provide urgent legal protections for transgender people, including transgender youth.
“Transgender youth are at a disproportionately high risk of substance abuse, depression, and even suicide. In fact, an estimated 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25. It is paramount that we ensure that all children know that they will be protected by the laws of our state and that they have happy, healthy, productive lives to look forward to.
“Transgender people are our loved ones, friends, and family members. It is clear that support is growing for full opportunity in the Granite State as more of us are introduced to our transgender neighbors. Updating the law is one more tool to help ensure that every person in our state – including those who are transgender – is able to take advantage of every opportunity and live their lives free from discrimination.”
Freedom New Hampshire is a nonpartisan coalition working to educate people about what it means to be transgender, the unique hardships that transgender people face and to grow support for fair and equal treatment of transgender Granite Staters under the law.