Many people have never met a transgender person and are still unfamiliar with what it means to be transgender. That’s normal.
But at the end of the day, transgender equality is about treating people fairly and equally.
When it comes to who transgender people are and why they need protections, we need to separate fact from fiction.
|Myth:Non-discrimination protections could be used as cover for misconduct in restrooms and locker rooms.||FACT:That's false. There are state laws against predatory or invasive behavior in restrooms and elsewhere. Indecent assault and harassment will remain illegal.
The 18 states and hundreds of municipalities that have implemented transgender non-discrimination protections have reported no uptick in incidents following passage of these laws.
|Myth:Legally protecting transgender people means a man could just "wake up one day" and claim to be a woman, then access women's facilities.||FACT:That's not how gender identity works. Legal protections do not give cover to anyone—transgender or otherwise—who would engage in inappropriate or illegal behavior. However, forcing a transgender person to use a facility that does not match their gender identity makes them extremely vulnerable to harassment and sexual assault.|
|Myth:Transgender people will violate modesty norms in locker rooms.||FACT:Transgender people are as modest as anyone else—maybe even more so. They have every reason to avoid drawing attention to their differences in public spaces, because they are disproportionately victims of violence and harassment.
According to a 2011 study by NCTE and the Task Force, 53% of transgender people report being verbally harassed or disrespected in a place of public accommodation.
|Myth:Transgender legal protections would require businesses and other public places to spend money to remodel their restrooms to be gender neutral or add restrooms or other sex-segregated facilities.||FACT:No business or other public facility will have to spend a penny on remodeling or new construction. Fair and equal under the law simply guarantees patrons safe access to the existing facilities that align with their gender identity.|
|Myth:There aren’t enough transgender people in New Hampshire to warrant explicit non-discrimination protections.||FACT:A recent Williams Institute study found that the transgender population nationwide has nearly doubled in the past decade, with thousands of transgender individuals living in New Hampshire—many of whom face discrimination and harassment because of their gender identity. No one should be discriminated against because of who they are. Regardless of how many transgender people live in and visit New Hampshire—everyone deserves to be treated fairly and equally under the law.|
|Myth:New Hampshire isn’t ready to pass legal protections for transgender Granite Staters.||FACT:Community support for transgender rights has been growing at record speeds, with eight cities and towns across the state adopting local protections or resolutions calling for a statewide transgender non-discrimination law. Transgender people living, working, and visiting in New Hampshire should not have to navigate a patchwork of legal protections from town to town. A state law would create legal uniformity and guidance that transgender people, New Hampshire businesses, and landlords seek.|
|Myth:Transgender protections are unprecedented and untested.||FACT:Across the nation, 18 states, Washington D.C., and more than 200 cities and towns have passed laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, and public places, including restrooms and locker rooms. Eight municipalities in New Hampshire have passed local laws and/or resolutions calling for statewide protections.|