In Open Letter, Dover Police Chief Takes on Myths & Misinformation Surrounding #TransBillNH February 12, 2018

Dover Chief of Police Anthony Colarusso has been relentless in his support for #TransBillNH — especially in taking on the disgusting “bathroom predator” myth that opponents are using to misinform lawmakers and the public.

As both sides gear up for tomorrow’s concluding House Judiciary Committee meeting on HB 1319, Chief Colarusso is releasing an open letter to lawmakers that lays out the facts about #TransBillNH.

Read his full letter:

As Dover’s police chief, my mission is to protect and serve everyone in my community. That’s why I support HB 1319: A simple update to our existing nondiscrimination law to say, explicitly, that we won’t tolerate discrimination against transgender people in the Granite State.

Our communities will be safer if everyone has the same legal protections, and neither I nor the NH Association of Chiefs of Police, which I represent, have any concern that HB 1319 will make anyone less safe.

But lawmakers, including members of the Judiciary Committee — who will meet tomorrow to consider the bill — are hearing the opposite from opponents of HB 1319, misinformation designed to sabotage it.

Nothing in HB 1319 changes police’s ability to hold accountable someone who enters a restroom to harm someone. It simply allows transgender people to be safer, and live their lives authentically.

I understand the concerns that people have about public safety. But I’m here to tell you, the “bathroom predator” myth swirling around HB 1319 is just false.

Nothing in HB 1319 changes police’s ability to hold accountable someone who enters a restroom to harm someone. It simply allows transgender people to be safer, and live their lives authentically.

In fact, updating the law would show that we respect and value everyone’s safety, and already, 18 states and more than 200 towns across the country have agreed, and seen no increase in safety concerns.

That’s the message lawmakers need to hear as they consider HB 1319. 

Thank you,

Anthony Colarusso,
Chief of Police, 
Dover