In a near-unanimous vote, the legislature’s influential bipartisan Children’s Caucus voted last week to support #TransBillNH, which was recently filed as House Bill 1319 for consideration during the 2018 legislative session.
The 14–1 vote took place during the group’s December 13th planning meeting for the upcoming legislative session. They are the first legislative caucus to endorse #TransBillNH.
Linds Jakows, Freedom New Hampshire’s campaign manager, praised the Caucus’s decision to take a stand for the dignity of transgender Granite Staters, including transgender parents and children.
“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.”
Members of the Children’s Caucus recognized the need to send a strong message that discrimination against transgender people—especially transgender youth—must be stopped across the Granite State. And this endorsement, added to the Governor’s announcement last Thursday that he would create an advisory council to study all forms of discrimination, gives two critical shots of momentum to our movement as the 2018 legislative session ticks closer.
“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.” —Linds Jakows, Freedom NH Campaign Manager
Clearly, the record amount of bipartisan, legislative support we saw last year and are seeing this year, along with the rapidly expanding list of advocacy, public safety, business, faith groups and individuals who are lending their support to updating New Hampshire’s nondiscrimination laws shows that our state is ready.
Let’s make 2018 the year this finally happens. Sign our pledge and join our movement to ensure that transgender people are explicitly protected, once and for all, from discrimination in the Granite State.