"As Chief of the Dover Police Department and a member of law enforcement for over 31 years, I know our communities are safer when everyone is treated fairly and equally under the law and that includes transgender people. This group is actually disproportionately targeted for harassment and assault. However, in places where legal protections are in place, rates of violence against transgender individuals go down with no uptick in public safety incidents. Transgender equality and equal treatment for all is ultimately about building stronger communities for everyone."
Chief Anthony Colarusso • Chief, Dover Police Department
"I believe in the radically inclusive love of God. This love extends to all of creation—including our transgender brothers and sisters—and calls me to support transgender equality in New Hampshire. At Smith Memorial UCC we are proud to welcome ALL of God's children to our congregation."
Rev. Eric Jackson • Smith Memorial Congregational Church, UCC
"Ensuring that all people can experience protection in employment, housing and public accommodations is essential to addressing health care disparities. It’s critically important that all New Hampshire citizens live lives free from discrimination and harassment in health settings and everywhere. Harvard Pilgrim is proud to join Freedom New Hampshire and participate in work to ensure that transgender people have access to the same quality of life and access to healthcare as the rest of the citizens of New Hampshire."
William Brewster (VP – New Hampshire Market) & Karen Young (VP & Chief Inclusion Officer) • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
"At Equality Health Center compassionate and affirming healthcare is our goal. Our experience, backed by hard statistics, shows that transgender and gender non-conforming individuals have many health disparities as compared to the overall population. They have higher rates of obesity, smoking, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, substance abuse, suicidal behavior and are disproportionately victims of violence. It's critical that, as a society, we develop an increased awareness of the unique hardships facing transgender people and begin to move from a place of intolerance to one of understanding."
Dalia M. Vidunas, MSW • Equality Health Center
"When our daughter Sarah told us that she was transgender, there was no question in our minds that we would love, accept and support her. As she's gotten older, it's been a true joy to watch her find passion in running and excel on her high school's women's track and cross country teams. All transgender students deserve to be supported at school and free to participate fully and equally in school activities."
The Huckmans • Transgender family
"As a transgender woman and doctor, it is important that I provide supportive and informed care to my transgender patients. Transitioning can be very difficult. But for me and many others, it was the best decision I ever made. There's nothing more gratifying to me than supporting others in becoming their truest, most self-fulfilled, and happiest selves."
Dr. Jennifer Madden • Family Practitioner
"In the Book of Genesis, when God creates human beings, we are told that the humans are created b'tzelem Elohim, in the Image of God. Judaism understands this to mean that every person is a reflection of God and that no person is created erroneously. As the Rabbi of Temple Beth Jacob, I am proud that our community celebrates the diversity of humanity as a reflection of God's diversity, embracing transgender and gender non-conforming individuals among our membership."
Rabbi Robin Nafshi • Temple Beth Jacob
"Supporting transgender equality is essential to Water Street Bookstore's mission: 'To build community around the written word.' Fair and equal treatment of every member of our reading community — patrons, booksellers, writers, readers all — is critical to building the foundation for our successful bookstore. No one should be turned away from our shop, or denied employment as a bookseller simply because of who they are. It's not only the wrong thing to do— it's bad for business and large scale, it's bad for New Hampshire's economy. That's why I support transgender equality."
Dan Chartrand • Owner, Water Street Bookstore, Inc.