Last night’s house party in Manchester drew more than 20 attendees, the highest turn out yet—proof that our message of ensuring fairness and freedom for transgender Granite Staters is resonating.
Elected officials in attendance were Rep. Mary Freitas, Rep. Patty Cornell, Rep. Amanda Bouldin and Manchester mayoral candidate Joyce Craig. All seemed eager to carry the effort to pass #TransBillNH into the next session and to connect with their colleagues about supporting the bill, too.
Linda Johnson of the McLane Middleton law firm hosted the house party. Linda, who is a labor and employment lawyer, spoke of her work helping companies and educational institutions implement transgender-inclusive workplace policies.
Again, though, the stars of the evening were transgender Granite Staters who came to share their stories with the hope of increasing support for #TransBillNH.
First was Linda Rogers, who has spoken with Freedom New Hampshire before about how she decided not to come out at work after she moved from Ohio to New Hampshire for a new job. This job required a rigid security clearance, as well as international travel to countries where it is not safe to be transgender, so she had to keep her true identity as a woman secret and live a dual life as a man. Linda is hoping for #TransLawNH’s passage will make it easier for today’s workers to live their true gender identities openly, and freely at work and in their day to day lives.
Rosaline Aurora also spoke. A transgender woman and veteran, she was discharged from her duties for being transgender—even though her unit claimed to be transgender-inclusive. Discrimination followed Rosaline into civilian life. She had a lot of trouble finding a job after being discharged and suspects her gender identity played a role.
Another speaker, who requested anonymity because he feared his family would be targeted, spoke about the harassment and discrimination his 17-year-old transgender daughter faces at school.
Stories like these are a powerful part of building support for these much-needed transgender non-discrimination protections. If you have a story you’d like to share, we invite you to sign up to attend or host an upcoming house party.
We’ll be going strong all summer long, hosting lawmakers at homes and in coffee meetups statewide to help elevate the experiences of transgender people and build support for these much-needed transgender non-discrimination protections. Sign up here if you can host or attend a house party in your community.